Lena Dunham‘s next HBO series, Max, a comedy based around the women’s rights movement in 60s America, has picked up a new lead actor with Zoe Kazan. The Olive Kitteridge and Ruby Sparks star will be taking over the eponymous role after Lisa Joyce left the project. The show will focus on a young ambitious journalist, Maxine Woodruff, who unwittingly becomes entangled with the second-wave feminist movement whilst working for a metropolitan magazine.
In the US, second-wave feminism sought to break women out of domesticated gender roles throughout the 60s and the following decades. Challenging institutional and legal inequalities after suffrage won women the vote, the movement has many cultural effects, including greater safety for vulnerable women and positive changes in the way women are portrayed through film and the media.
The show looks like a reunion for alumni of HBO’s Girls, which Dunham created, wrote, directed and starred in. Previous executive producer Ilene Landress will continue in the same role; she will be joined by Girls‘ co-showrunner Jenni Konner. Murray Miller, who co-produced the breakout HBO show centred on young twenty-something women will act as writer on Max, after he scribed the Andy Samberg led tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell. Dunham herself will exec-produce and direct the series pilot. Kazan, amongst her acting achievements also wrote the script for Ruby Sparks and has penned numerous plays.