Netflix has released a number of stills from their hotly anticipated adaption of queer cult classic ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’.
The ten-episode drama/comedy series is thought to debut this summer is based on the critically acclaimed book series of the same name.
First published in 1978, Tales of the City centred on the lives and loves of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, presided over by the landlady, Anna Madrigal. The original book was based on a column by Maupin in the San Francisco Chronicle, which sought to depict the sexual openness of San Francisco at the time, and positively include lesbian, gay and transgender characters.
Eight sequels to the original Tales were published, and three TV series was spawned, the first of which was commissioned by Channel 4 and starred Laura Linney as the new girl in the city, Mary Ann Singleton and Olympia Dukakis as Anna Madrigal.
Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis have both been confirmed in the new Netflix series. Rounding out the new cast are Ellen Page as Mary Ann’s daughter, Shawna Hawkins; Zosia Mamet as Claire Duncan; Charlie Barnett as Ben Marshall; and the actor Garcia, who is nonbinary, as Jake, Anna Madrigal’s caregiver who identifies as transgender.
The show will deal with issues facing San Francisco issues such as encroachment of the tech industry and is ranked as one of Americas most expensive cities.
Lauren Morelli, who previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Morelli pointed out that all of the writes of the series are LGBT+.
“If we were going to do this, it needed to usher in a new generation of characters and then, hopefully, a younger audience,” she said. “We know how starved the younger, queer community is for authentic representation. You want to create a world that looks like our world.”
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