Sex and the City remains one of the most iconic and innovative sitcoms to ever grace the silver screen. Before Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha became household names, women were not portrayed as single, independent and promiscuous in such a glamorous and enviable way. The New York based show ended its run in 2004, and two block buster movies ensued. The films failed to capture the essence and humour of the show and a generation mourned the loss of their Manhattan heroines.
It was announced last year that Candace Bushnell’s coming of age prequel to SATC, “The Carrie Diaries” was to be the subject of a new TV adaptation. The media waited with bated breath and all sorts of guesses were thrown into the pot as to who would play the young fashionista.
Today, AnnaSophia Robb was named as the young Carrie Bradshaw. 18 year old Robb, who’s most significant parts to date have been playing Violet Beauregard in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and a lead role in Bridge to Terabithia, looks set to catapult to international stardom in such a major role.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World star Ellen Wong has been named as Carrie’s loyal best friend, Jill Thompson. The role of Maggie Landers, Carrie’s longtime friend who isn’t seduced by the prospect of relocating to Manhattan, has gone to Katie Findlay.
The fact that Ms. Bradshaw had a younger sibling was never referred to in the TV series. It therefore came as a shock to learn of Doritt Bradshaw, Carrie’s rebellious sister. 13 year old Stefania Owen of The Lovely Bones/Running Wilde fame has bagged the part.
More importantly, as Sex and the City is synonymous with style and fashion, who will replace the influential Patricia Field as costume designer? Step up Eric Daman of Gossip Girl fame. The man responsible for the most enviable school uniforms imaginable has been confirmed as the wardrobe maestro for The Carrie Diaries so expect colourful, playful and nostalgic 80s flashbacks that could spawn countless imitations among viewers.
Watch this space…..
By Freya Drohan