FIRST LOOK: 'Sex and the City: The Movie'

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

"Sex and the City" fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief; the movie is happening, and we have photographic evidence to prove it! The first photo, left, from the New York set has Carrie Bradshaw and Big looking as fetching as ever. (Love the shoes SJP. Boy, how we've missed you).

All the women -- Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon -- have signed on and the men are back too, even the hunky Jason Lewis. One unexpected addition to the brood is Carrie's new assistant, played by "American Idol" alum and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson.

So, here's where we left off: In the final episode, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) went to Paris with Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov). After being ignored by Aleksandr, however, Carrie ran into Big (Chris Noth) and headed back to New York with him. As for the other ladies, Charlotte (Davis) and her hubby Harry (Evan Handler) decided to adopt a baby from China, Miranda (Nixon) showed her softer side by taking care of Steve's (David Eigenberg) sick mother, and Samantha (Cattrall) lost her sex drive after chemo but regained it by the end of the episode, just in time for a romp with Smith Jerrod (Lewis).

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