THE GILDED AGE SERIES
STARTS NEXT WEEK
|New series starts this Monday on HBO Max
It begins in 1882, with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), the orphaned daughter of a Union general who moves into the New York City home of her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Marian inadvertently becomes caught up in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money
set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, the ruthless
railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell, plus
their son Larry.
|New Julian Fellowes' series will air in nine hourlong episodes
Played by Carrie Coon, she is determined to use her money and position to break into a polite society that resists change at every turn. She is ambitious and desperate to join the cream of society and not entirely likeable. She enjoys egalitarian marriage with George.
Played by Morgan Spector he is a classic robber baron representing "new money". He is a wealthy and ruthless railroad tycoon. He takes pleasure in every part of his life with huge vitality. Sometimes he can be a bit vile too.
AGNES VAN RHIJNPlayed by Christine Baranski, she is a proud and stubborn old money Dutch-American socialite clinging to the old values of New York City's elite. She is the pillar of the established upper class and a sort of a snob.
Played by Louisa Jacobson (a rather bland face, who happens to be Meryl Streep's daughter, nepotism much?) Marian Brook is penniless and sent to live with her estranged aunts! She is a sensible and kind pragmatist, except in love.
Played by Cynthia Nixon, she is optimistic, unmarried sister of Agnes and reliant upon her charity. She is middle aged, but has a heart of a girl. She is excited about the arrival of her niece, as she has no children of her own.
Played by Denée Benton, she is a young ambitious writer returning home after finishing her education. She is one of the first people that Marian meets upon her arrival in New York. Peggy does not care what the society thinks.
Played by Australian hunkster and actor Thomas Cocquerel! He is a very charming and decent, young lawyer from Pennsylvania who is smitten with Marian, despite Agnes’ disapproval. He moves to New York to be close to her and work there.
OSCAR VAN RHIJN
Played by Blake Ritson who is well known to the fans of historical and period set shows and dramas.The prodigal son of Agnes is a man about town with a few secrets of his own. He is secretly in a gay relationship with his best friend Adams.
Played by Poldark's Harry Richardson. Having just returned from Harvard, the debonair son of George and Bertha is starting to meet all the right people while he tries to sort the path he will take with his life. He actually wants to be an architect.
WHO ELSE IS IN THE CAST?
Set in the boom years of the 1880's New York, the series will also feature Taissa Farmiga as Gladys Russell, innocent and naive, yet ready to be
treated as an adult,
Blake Ritson as Oscar van Rhijn, Agnes van Rhijn's charismatic son who does not return her adulation,
Simon Jones as
Bannister, the Van Rhijns' butler,
Harry Richardson as Larry Russell, recent Harvard University graduate eager to make his way in the world,
Thomas Cocquerel as Tom Raikes, a sensible young lawyer, smitten when he meets Marian, his late client's orphaned daughter,
Jack Gilpin as Church,
the Russell family's butler, evading his past by excelling at his job, with Jane Tripplehorn and Nathan Lane also as guest stars. The series was originally
planned for ITV ten years ago, then it moved to NBC and then to HBO and Sky. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think:
|Taissa Farmiga is Gladys Russell
|Michael Cerveris is Watson, George's valet
|Ben Ahlers is Jack Trotter, Van Rhijn's footman
|Simon Jones is Bannister, Van Rhijn's butler
|Jack Gilpin is Church, the butler of the Russells