'The Gilded Age': Everything We Know About The New Period Drama

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Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Forget Emily in Paris and You for a moment because The Gilded Age is the latest TV drama we're obsessing over.

The HBO series, which is set to air on Sky Atlantic on January 25, 2022, has been written by none other than Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, and the first set of images of the series have just been released.

If the pictures are anything to go by, this series is going to be a fashion-packed one too; championing historical dressing at its finest and starring Sex and the City's Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon).

Here's what we know about the new series so far:

Who has been cast in The Gilded Age?

Variety reported in September 2019 that the A-list cast of The Gilded Age would include Nixon, as well as The Good Wife's Christine Baranski and Dirty John's Amanda Peet.

In recent months Carrie Coon, who starred in the psychological thrilled The Nest and Taissa Farmiga from The Nun have been confirmed.

Meryl Streep' daughter, Louisa Jacobson, will also star in the series as its protagonist Marian Brook.

Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

The series' stars were first seen on set in May this year.

What's The Gilded Age plot?

The drama is set in 1882 during a period of immense economic change, huge fortunes and loss, according to HBO.

Brook is introduced to the story from the beginning as the struggling orphan daughter of a Union general, who relocates from Pennsylvania to New York to live with her wealthy aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon).

In the company of Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), a successful African-American woman, Brook becomes involved in a social war with one of her aunts and her rich neighbours, among whom are the straight-talking railroad tycoon, George Russell, and his go-getting wife Bertha (played by Morgan Spector and Carrie Coon, respectively).

Will heroine Brook conform to the traditional rule of society or follow her own rules? We'll soon find out.

Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Is there a Gilded Age trailer?

Yes, and you can watch it at the top of this article.

What has Julian Fellowes said about The Gilded Age?

Fellowes, who worked on a Downtown Abbey spin-off in 2012, said that he was 'up to my neck in research' when speaking to The Los Angeles Times in 2016.

'These people were extraordinary. You can see why they frightened the old guard, because they saw no boundaries,' he said when talking about the characters in the upcoming series.

'They wanted to build a palace, they built a palace. They wanted to buy a yacht, they bought a yacht. And the old guard in New York weren’t like that at all, and suddenly this whirlwind of couture descended on their heads. They redesigned being rich.'

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