… but Kim Cattrall won't be

Sex and the City revival

If you noticed something missing in the above description, you’re not wrong: Kim Cattrall will not return as the friend group’s fourth member, sex-positive pioneer Samantha Jones, despite playing her in all six seasons and both movies. (Cattrall has distanced herself from the series in recent years, even calling for the role of Samantha to be recast with a non-white actress.)

Parker confirmed in an Instagram comment that “Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do.” We still don’t know how the revival will explain Samantha’s absence, but HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys has hinted that the core foursome simply grew apart: “Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life… They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50.”