‘When We Rise’: 5 Things to Know About the New LGBT Rights Series

When We Rise

It is the season of reboots and miniseries. ABC’s “When We Rise” is the latest to join the bandwagon. The show, written and created by Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, focuses on America’s gay rights movement. Actors Rachel Griffiths and Guy Pearce will be seen to take on the lead roles.

Sydney Morning Herald reveals that the series will have a two-hour debut episode. The premiere will be directed by Gus Van Sant who won an Oscar nomination for directing “Milk.”

Here are five things about the upcoming miniseries that you must know:

  1. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guy Pearce stars as LGBT activist Cleve Jones in the show. Rachel Griffiths joins him as Diane, a social justice activist. Mary-Louise Parker plays Roma Guy, a women’s rights leader and Diane’s wife.
  2.  The younger versions of the characters are played by Austin McKenzie (Cleve Jones), Emily Skeggs (Roma Guy), Fiona Dourif (Diane) and Jonathan Majors (Ken Jones), states Deadline.
  3. According to Star Observer, “When We Rise” presents an account of America’s gay rights movement. It also tackles the personal and political struggles of men and women from the LGBT community. The series takes viewers back to the origin of the movement in San Francisco as well as the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York.
  4. Two key characters, African-American community organiser Ken Jones and transgender activist Cecelia Chung, have not been cast so far.
  5. Shooting for the semi-autobiographical series has already started in Vancouver.

Dustin Black explained that he is delighted with everyone on board for the project. “It’s been the honor of my life to research and craft these stories of family, diversity and equality over the past three years,” he said.

“To have collaborators of this caliber sign on to help bring these stories to life is a tremendous vote of confidence, and I hope a testament to the relevancy and necessity of our continued march toward justice for all,” he added.

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