Oh honey, The Carrie Diaries has found its Samantha Jones.
The CW’s frothy ’80s-set prequel to Sex and the City has cast newcomer Lindsey Gort (who’ll be seen in the upcoming Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg flick 2 Guns) as the titular character’s outrageous life-long gal pal.
The show’s producers are describing the introduction of Samantha’s character during Season 2 as follows: “Through a surprising connection, our young Carrie Bradshaw will meet one of the most important people in her life this season in a role made iconic by Kim Cattrall: Samantha Jones, a ballsy, beautiful and sexy young woman from the panhandle of Florida who has made her way — and already a name for herself — in the rock ’n’ roll scene of 1980s NYC.”
At the network’s upfront presentation in May, producers revealed that Samantha is actually a cousin to Carrie Diaries‘ mean girl (and short-term love interest for Walt) Donna LaDonna.
“I’m really, really excited,” titular star AnnaSophia Robb told TVLine at the time. “I think it’s going to be so much fun. I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes.”
Samantha is the dramedy’s second call-out to the stiletto-heeled original: TCD‘s first season finale name-checked Stanford Blatch (who we know becomes Carrie’s gay bestie) as Bennet’s club-promoter roommate.