Evan Handler Onboard for 'Sex and the City' Movie

The actor, who played Kristin Davis's character's often-nude spouse, joins the film

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Add another familiar face – and, possibly, bare backside – to the Sex and the City movie: Evan Handler.

Handler, 45, who played Harry Goldenblatt, the unlikely spouse of Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) for three seasons on the HBO hit, told PEOPLE at Saturday’s pre-Emmy BAFTA and TV Academy tea party in the Hollywood Hills, “I’m looking forward to spending some weeks in New York. It should be fun.”

The Manhattan-based movie – due to reunite Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Davis as they reprise the signature roles they played from 1998 to 2004 – is due to begin shooting this month, for a 2008 release.

“Harry doesn’t feature that prominently,” Handler laments of his character, who used to cavort about the couple’s apartment in the buff, which at first rattled the uptight Charlotte. “So, I mean, I’m there, but it’s their story.”

Asked to reveal some of the secrets of the new storyline, such as how will the quartet pick up the action after such a lengthy break, Handler says, “I can’t really answer it for the ladies. You know, that’s going to be a problem.”

Clearly, the canvas of the story is being expanded. Last week, it was reported that Dreamgirls Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is in talks to join the movie’s cast, in a role that wasn’t on the TV show: assistant to Parker’s character, the shoe-obsessed sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw.

Previously, the series’ resident hunk, Chris Noth, told PEOPLE that he’s busy getting back into shape to play Carrie’s hard-to-hold lover, Mr. Big, in the screen version.

Handler – who in April begins shooting his second season on Showtime’s series Californication, with David Duchovny – hinted that there may be other familiar characters returning for the movie, too.

“Myself and others, you know we haven’t signed on officially yet, but yeah, I think everybody’s onboard,” he said. “We’ve all sort of knuckled under and agreed to terms in one way or another.”

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