The upcoming HBO series, The Gilded Age, has announced the recasting of one the show’s lead’s as Carrie Coon is now set to star, according to Deadline. The drama was originally an NBC series and moved its future release to the HBO network and will continue as a co-production between the two networks. The series was set to begin production in March and April, yet has had to pause this process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the halted production, the series is aiming to start the process in the fall and has had to replace lead actress Amanda Peet (Brockmire) due to her unavailability in the estimated production time frame.
Peet’s replacement Coon has had experience with HBO in the past with her role in the mystery series, The Leftovers. The actress has also been nominated for television awards such as a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Lead Actress for her role in FX’s third season of Fargo. Coon has also been featured in several successful films such as Gone Girl, The Post, and Avengers: Infinity War. In The Gilded Age, Coon will star as middle-class woman Bertha Russell in the period drama. The upcoming series is to follow the lives and tribulations of various millionaires living in New York City during the late 1800s.
The Gilded Age was created by Julian Fellowes, who is best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplay for Gosford Park and his creation of the critically acclaimed series Downton Abbey. The creator is joined by Downton Abbey collaborators Michael Engler (Six Feet Under) and Gareth Neame (The Last Kingdom) for the new HBO drama. Additional cast for the series includes the likes of Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Morgan Spector (Homeland), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Denée Benton (The Friend), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Louisa Jacobson (Romeo and Juliet), and many more.
Currently, The Gilded Age is expected to consist of nine episodes and will premiere at a future unannounced date for HBO.