'Sex and the City' sequel casts hunk

Max Ryan will play Rikard, a European architect

In the currently filming sequel to "Sex and the City," Kim Catrall's Samantha will eye a new hunk in the form of Max Ryan.

The English-born actor is stepping into the role of Rikard, an European architect who crosses paths with Samantha.

The actor most recently appeared in Paul W.S. Anderson's "Death Race." His credits also include the Polish feature "Skorumpowani," the horror film "Three" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," in which he appeared as Dante.

Writer/director Michael Patrick King is reprising his roles on "Sex and the City 2," which Warners' New Line label has begun shooting in New York with the first film's quartet of Sarah Jessica Parker, Catrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon returning.

King, Parker and John P. Melfi are producing.

Ryan is repped by Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment and Stone Manners.