Illustration for article titled Zoe Kazan Cast as Lead in New Lena Dunham Comedy

Zoe Kazan has replaced Lisa Joyce as the lead in Max, Lena Dunham’s 1960s comedy pilot for HBO about a feminist magazine writer named Maxine Woodruff. Joyce left the lead to focus on her role in another upcoming HBO comedy — Issa Rae’s Insecure.


Deadline believes “creative differences” concerning the future of the lead character may have contributed to the casting switch. From Deadline:

Max is described as a raucous comedy set in 1963 about the struggles of second-wave feminism, centered on an ambitious magazine writer, Maxine Woodruff (Kazan), looking for liberation. Maxine is an enthusiastic, if misguided, low-level magazine employee who stumbles into the forefront of a civil rights movement both she and the world may not be ready for.


Kazan previously worked with Dunham on Vote Audrey, a short film announcing the collaboration between fashion designer Rachel Antonoff and the brand, & Other Stories. The Ruby Sparks actress is also starring in another HBO pilot called The Deuce, while Insecure has already received a series commitment from the cable network.

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