The first trailer for the eight-part gay rights miniseries When We Rise has officially been released and it seems to be apropos for these politically turbulent times we are currently living in. Written by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the series paints the picture of the LGBTQ rights movement across several decades. It “tells the tale of a family of individuals that helped pioneer one of the last legs of the LGBT movement of the 20th century” starting with the 1969 Stonewall Riots. It’s a project of a scale and scope rarely exhibited on broadcast networks nowadays—a series claiming both societal importance and definitive artistic value.
“It’s been the honor of my life to research and craft these stories of family, diversity and equality over the past three years. 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.” – Dustin Lance Black
Bessie director Dee Rees serves as co-director of the project alongside Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Emmy-winning veteran Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing)
The all-star ensemble cast includes Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Rachel Griffiths. Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Rob Reiner, David Hyde Pierce, and many more are confirmed to appear in smaller parts.