The Gilded Age: Carrie Coon replaces Amanda Peet in lead role

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Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes has found finally found a star for his new series…

Julian Fellowes’ new show, The Guilded Age, which focuses on the lives of 1880s New York City millionaires, has found a new lead actress to replace Amanda Peet, who dropped out due to scheduling issues. The Leftovers‘ Carrie Coon will step into Peet’s role as Bertha Russell, Deadline confirms.

Here’s a synopsis of the Downton Abbey creator’s next series, production on which has been postponed until after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed:

The Gilded Age centres on a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost and the rise of disparity between old money and new. Against this backdrop of change, the story begins in 1882 — introducing young Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Union general, who moves into the New York City home of her thoroughly old-money aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook. Accompanied by Peggy Scott, an accomplished African-American woman, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old-money set, and her stupendously rich neighbours, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell. In this exciting new world that is on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society or forge her own path?”

The series is now planning to shoot later this year.