Lead Recast in Lena Dunham’s New Comedy


The upcoming HBO comedy entitled Max has a new star at its helm. Deadline is reporting that the project will now star Zoe Kazan who replaces Lisa Joyce, the original actress tapped to play the role. Joyce is set to star in another HBO pilot called Insecure by creator Issa Rae, which she will now focus on.

Kazan is best known for her work in the 2012 movie Ruby Sparks and also appeared in HBO’s award winning miniseries Olive Kitteridge and former HBO comedy series Bored to Death. She will also be starring in another HBO movie called The Deuce from creator David Simon.

Max is an upcoming 30-minute comedy for HBO developed by creator Lena Dunham. The show is set in 1963 and will focus on female characters within the second-wave feminist movement. Kazan will star as Maxine Woodruff, a low-level magazine writer fighting for rights within a male-dominated world. According to Deadline, there were creative differences on the character, which lead to the casting change.

No word on when we can expect to see Max on HBO, but expecting it next year may be pushing it. Since casting is currently still getting nailed down, we may not see this on the small screen until 2017. The show currently just has its lead star, which was recast after a few weeks of having its originally lead of Lisa Joyce.

Lena Dunham has wrapped another season of Girls, which will premier its fifth season on HBO in February of 2016. The teaser for season five just released, but doesn’t give many details on what storylines we can expect to see in the new season. It’s likely that the upcoming drama Vinyl gets the 9 o’clock Sunday spot which will be followed by Girls at 10 p.m. Girls has the same team of executive producers as the upcoming Max.