Christine Baranski will star in “The Gilded Age”, a dramatic film by the creator of “Downton Abbey” Julian Fellowes. Photo file by Serena Xu-Ning / UPI |
Cynthia Nixon speaks at a press conference in New York in 2018. File Photo by John Angelillo / UPI |
Amanda Peet attends the “Game of Thrones” season 8 premiere in April. Photo file by John Angelillo / UPI |
Morgan Spector attended NBC in 2014. File Photo by John Angelillo / UPI |
September 26 (UPI) – HBO is unveiling its starry cast The Gilded Age.
The new vintage drama by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will play Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet and Morgan Spector.
The Gilded Age it is set in New York in 1880. The series follows Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a southern general who goes to live with her aunts (Baranski and Nixon) in New York. Marian is accompanied by Peggy Scott, an African American woman who pretends to be her maid, and is captured by the life of her wealthy neighbors.
Baranski (The Good Fight) will play Agnes van Rhijn, a proud and stubborn aristocrat who refuses to accept the world has changed. Agnes is devoted to her son Oscar, who does not return his affections.
Nixon (Sex and the City) will play Agnes’ sister Ada Brook, who lives on her sister’s charity. Ada is not naturally confrontational, but she is still able to defend what she believes in.
Peet (Solidarity) and Spector (Patria) play the role of Bertha and George Russell, a married couple determined to enter high society. Bertha comes from a middle class, while George is a ruthless robber baron in business.
NBC initially ordered The Gilded Age to the series in 2018, but the show moved to HBO in May. Fellowes said he felt “very privileged” to make the series with HBO.
“It has been a dream of mine for some time, since I am fascinated by this brutal and intensely glamorous period of American history,” he said. “It will be ambition, of course, envy and hatred and, perhaps above all, love.”
The Gilded Age will have a first season of 10 episodes. HBO has not set a preview date yet.