HBO Max has recast one of its leading actors in its upcoming thriller series The Flight Attendant, Deadline reported today. Michelle Gomez (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) has replaced Sonoya Mizuno (Annihilation) as Miranda, one of the main characters of the show.
The Flight Attendant, based on Chris Bohjalian’s (The Red Lotus) novel of the same name, is executive produced by Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory). The series follows Cassie, the eponymous flight attendant played by Cuoco, after she wakes up next to a dead man with no idea of where she is or how she got there. She soon meets Miranda, who tells her she is in Bangkok and helps Cassie figure out what happened to her.
The recasting was a result of the show changing during rewrites. Miranda was originally written for Mizuno, but as the series developed, the storyline went in different directions from the initial plans. Because of this, the character of Miranda changed, and it was ultimately decided Mizuno was no longer the best choice for the role. Gomez was cast earlier this year, and began filming back in March until production was shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Despite this, the recasting was not made public until today.
Gomez and Cuoco join Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Zosia Mamet (Mad Men), Colin Woodell (The Purge), Griffin Matthews (The Mentalist), and Merle Dandridge (Sons of Anarchy) in the main cast. Cuoco executive produces alongside Greg Berlanti (The Flash), Sarah Schechter (Black Lightning), Marcie Ulin (Nashville), Meredith Lavender (Gifted), and Steve Yockey (Supernatural).
The Flight Attendant hopes to resume production in August. It is unknown when the series will premiere.