Kazan replaces Lisa Joyce, who was orignally set to star in the pilot for the series which follows a feminist magazine writer named Maxine Woodruff in the 1960s.
Woodruff is an enthusiastic, if misguided, low-level magazine employee who stumbles into the forefront of a civil rights movement that both she and the world may not be ready for.
Joyce is currently set to appear in another HBO series — “Insecure” — from Issa Rae. That series recently received a series commitment.
Rae co-created and wrote the pilot with Larry Wilmore, with Melina Matsoukas serving as director. Wilmore will serve as a consultant on the series, while Rae will be a co-executive producer.
Kazan is managed by Washington Square Films.