Girls creator Lena Dunham’s upcoming HBO pilot MAX has recast its lead. Ruby Sparks writer and producer Zoe Kazan will replace Lisa Joyce, whose commitment to Issa Rae’s Insecure–which has been picked up to series at HBO–will force her off of Dunham’s project.
Kazan, who was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the award-winning miniseries Olive Kitteridge, can currently be seen in the Sandra Bullock-led political drama Our Brand Is Crisis. She will also be co-starring in another HBO series, David Simon’s The Deuce.
Dunham’s show is set amid the second-wave feminism movement of the early 1960s, centering on an ambitious magazine writer (Kazan) who stumbles into the forefront of a civil rights movement both she and the world may not be ready for. Dunham is producing Max with writer Murray Miller, and fellow Girls‘ producers Jenni Konner and Ilene Landress.
In addition to Kazan, other recent casting updates include Rebecca Drysdale and Edgar Blackmon set as series regulars, with Peter Fonda set for a recurring role.
Kazan is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer