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Manhattan transfer; The world has changed since SATC began in 1998. We take a look at how the show and its characters might look in a 2018 version. And if you thought it was racy before, imagine Carrie and co with Tinder..20 YEARS OF SEX & THE CITY HOW SHOW MIGHT LOOK NOW.

Byline: ANNA BURNSIDE

EX and the City would look very different if it was being made today.

SThe #MeToo movement, the 2008 crash and 9/11 have changed Manhattan. The internet and smartphones have changed dating. And as for casting four thin, white heterosexual women as the stars? Forget it.

When he was planning SATC, producer Darren Star was worried he had too many blondes. Today he - or more likely she - would have to get the right mix of race, body type and sexual orientation.

It would have to be diverse without being tokenistic.

Alia Shawkat is a Carrie for the 21st century. The Arrested Development actress has a perfect ratio of hotness-to-kookiness. Her dark curls and freckles - courtesy of her Iraqi father and Norwegian-Irish-Italian mother - are a quirky kind of gorgeous.

Non-binary Billions star Asia Kate Dillon would make a powerful Miranda. Their (that's her pronoun of choice) struggles to navigate the new world of gender identity would bring the show bang up to date.

What about Samira Wiley, from Orange is the New Black, as Charlotte? Casting a black woman as the posh uptown girl desperate to get married and have babies would give the writers lots of meaty angles to explore.

Rebel Wilson would make a banging Samantha. She has the comedy chops, the age gap is just right and it is surely time to see a gorgeous curvy woman play filthy sex scenes.

Sam's PR business would have evolved into a social media marketing agency, persuading celebrities to be photographed with weight-loss lollipops for big wads of cash.

Charlotte could still work in an art gallery, or an interiors shop selling gorgeous, expensive little things to other under-employed women.

Miranda's law firm would think they were very progressive and inclusive and have the policies to prove it. But the reality of remembering to use "them" and "their" in meetings would soon challenge them.

Carrie would have chucked the dead tree press and become a fashion blogger, influencer and Instagram star. Devoted followers would recreate her outfits. Instead of having to pay full price, Manolo Blahnik would send her shoes and pay her to plug them to her thousands of followers.

Idris Elba has the charisma and testosterone required to play Mr Big.

He looks great in a tuxedo and tops-off for sex scenes.

Another Brit, Max Minghella, could work as Aidan. The brooding Nick seen in The Handmaid's Tale would be perfect for all those scenes where he has to sulk over Carrie's failure to commit.

Steve Brady would be a tattooed chef instead of a weedy bartender. Someone who looks like real-life LA kitchen superstar Michael Voltaggio.

In fact, Voltaggio would be perfect. Carrie's gay friend Stanford Blatch would be a drag queen. This would allow for lots of outfit-swapping scenes and guest appearances from Ru Paul. Shane Jenek - also known as Courtney Act - has already owned Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother.

As Courtney, he is exactly the kind of identitkit blonde uber babe the producer is trying not to cast as a female lead. Which would be a very modern kind of joke.

Tinder and the dilemma of swiping right and left would be at the very heart of SATC 2018.

Instead of the bus advertising Carrie's column, the opening credits would be the women's profiles, with them changing the pictures and agonising over their bios.

TTE Wiley What else would be different? The four BFFs would go to fancier places for brunch and eat healthier and more exciting food. And take photos of it.

Uber might replace yellow cabs.

But the heart of the show - the friendship between the four women, the search for love, the importance of great sex, the difficulties of navigating the pay gap and the glass ceiling in heels - would remain the same.

Breakfast trends have changed in 20 years. Inequality and rubbish men, not so much.

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DIVERSE Possible replacements for Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis

Idris Elba is dashing and hot enough to fill Chris Noth's handmade shoes

Max Minghella would be a suitably broody alternative to John Corbett

Courtney Act would be ironic choice to replace Willie Garson's Stanford
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Date:Jun 8, 2018
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