The Gilded Age, Louisa Jacobson, Denée Benton (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

Julian Fellowes’s New Drama ‘The Gilded Age’ Drops First Trailer

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'Power belongs to old New York, my dear. Not the new. Never the new.’

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From the creators of Downton Abbey, HBO’s newest series The Gilded Age is gearing up to take over our screens (and lives) in 2022. In anticipation of its impending release, HBO has dropped a trailer and series of first-look images.

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Julian Fellowes’s New Drama ‘The Gilded Age’ Drops First Trailer

Fans of Downton Abbey, Bridgerton and Belgravia can add a new obsession to their watchlist, as The Gilded Age prepares to launch on the small screen early next year. Written by Downton‘s Julian Fellowes and Will & Grace‘s Sonja Warfield, the nineteenth-century period drama promises a glimpse into the lives of those living during the American Gilded Age.

The television series, directed by Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, will take place over nine episodes and feature the likes of Meryl Streep’s daughter Louisa Jacobson, Sex and the City‘s Cynthia Nixon and Mamma Mia‘s Christine Baranski.

The Gilded Age, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

The Gilded Age, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

Set during a time described as ‘a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost’, The Gilded Age begins in 1882 as Marian Brooks (Louisa Jacobson) moves to New York to live with her old money aunts (Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski). She is accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start.

Marian quickly becomes embroiled in a ‘social war’ between one of her aunts and their new money neighbours, but the questions remains: will she follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?

The trailer opens with scenes of a nineteenth century New York, led by Christine Baranski’s stage-setting monologue: ‘I need to make one thing clear: power belongs to old New York, my dear. Not the new. Never the new.’ This rivalry forms the centre of tensions in the series, with the trailer flitting between the sets of neighbours in various social altercations.

Marian’s entrance, which is flanked by scenes showcasing her friendship with Peggy (who appears to have her own reasons for redirecting her life to New York) and encounter with a potential love interest, is marked by the all-encompassing text: ‘In a new world, a new age is about to begin’.

The Gilded Age, Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

The Gilded Age, Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

The Gilded Age debuts on Sky Atlantic on 25 January 2022.

Feature image: The Gilded Age, Louisa Jacobson and Denée Benton (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

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