“The Gilded Age: New HBO Series Cast Revealed

The highly anticipated new series from Downton Abbey creators has announced its cast. 

The follow-up series to Downton has tapped four major names as its leads.

Julian Fellowes announced that Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet, and Morgan Spector have all been cast as series regulars in the drama.

The drama’s official description reads: “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 was first ordered to series at NBC before receiving a 10-episode commitment by HBO.