“Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez will join the cast of the “Sex and the City” reboot, “And Just Like That.”
Ramirez will play Che Diaz, a queer, non-binary comedian and host of a podcast that series protagonist, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) frequently appears on. Che is described as “a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular,” TV Line reports.
“And Just Like That” follows ‘Sex and the City’ characters Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) as they navigate life and friendship in their 50s. Original series regular Kim Cattrall, who played fan-favorite Samantha Jones, will not return for the sequel; the character of Che has been created in part to fill the space left by Samantha’s absence.
“Everyone at ‘And Just Like That’ is beyond thrilled that a dynamically talented actor such as Sara Ramirez has joined the ‘Sex and the City’ family,” said Michael Patrick King, showrunner and executive producer, in a statement. “Sara is a one-of-a-kind talent, equally at home with comedy and drama — and we feel excited and inspired to create this new character for the show.”
Ramirez came out as non-binary after playing Callie Torres on “Grey’s Anatomy,” where they melted hearts with their primetime wedding to wife, Arizona. They also appeared as Kat Sandoval, a non-binary character, on “Madam Secretary.”
“And Just Like That” will run on HBO Max although no premiere date has been set. Deadline reports that out writer Samantha Irby — one of GO’s 100 Women We Love 2019 — will be one of the show’s writers.