Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has announced four of the leads in his forthcoming drama from HBO.
Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet, and Morgan Spector will star in The Gilded Age. The four have all been cast as series regulars in the drama.
The series, set in 1882 New York was created, written and executive produced by Fellowes.
“The American Gilded Age was 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 Southern general, who moves into the home of her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. Accompanied by the mysterious Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her stupendously rich neighbors, led by a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife struggling for acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path in this exciting new world that is on the brink of transformation into the modern age?”
The Gilded Age received a 10-episode commitment by HBO.
A premiere date has yet to be announced.