The Netflix series The First Wives Club premiered on November 15, 2023. This BET+ original series retells the classic story of three college friends, Ari, Hazel, and Bree. Due to the untimely death of a common friend, their paths cross again, and as they deal with Hazel’s very public divorce, Ari’s unsatisfying marriage, and Bree’s unfaithful spouse, a relationship stronger than ever rekindles.
This 2019 rendition of the First Wives Club story adds a new, contemporary twist to the original story. The series promises to keep the inspiring spirit of its predecessor while educating a new generation to the joys of female friendship and righteous revenge, with a commitment to diversity and a contemporary approach.
The series reimagines the storyline with a completely African-American cast, providing a new perspective on the experiences of women experiencing comparable challenges, resulting in a more varied and inclusive plot. At the centre of the First Wives Club are three dynamic characters: Ari, Bree, and Hazel, who are brought to life by Ryan’s extraordinary talents. Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau, and Michelle Bathe.
Ryan Michelle Bathe as Ariel ‘Ari’ Montgomery
Michelle Buteau as Dr. Bree Washington
Jill Scott as Hazel Rachelle
RonReaco Lee as Gary Washington
Mark Tallman as David Montgomery
Michelle Mitchenor as Jayla Wright
Tara Pacheco as Versace
Bill Barrett as Jacob Rosen
Deborah Cox as Regina Crowell
Mikhail Keize as Nigel
Tobias Truvillion as Khalil
Jordan Carlos as Curtis
Malik Yoba as Derek Ellsworth
Auston Jon Moore as Ollie Washington
Jaxon Rose Moore as Imani Washington
Essence Atkins as Maxine Hart
Sydney Mitchell as Vanessa
Tasha Smith as Savannah