This just in! Ellen Page will join the cast of the Netflix original limited series Tales of the City, which is expected to debut in 2019. Lauren Morelli (writer and co-EP, Orange is The New Black) is on board as showrunner/executive producer and writer. This means we get two lesbians involved in one much-anticipated Netflix show!!! Will there be a Samira Wiley cameo? Who knows!? We will keep you updated as the story unfolds. Meanwhile, here’s what we do know.
The series is based on the books by Armistead Maupin, and this next chapter – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – follows Mary Ann (Laura Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.
“The magical, vivid world that Armistead Maupin built in Tales of the City is one that offered so many— particularly the LGBTQ+ community— a home for the first time. For many, Tales was the first time they saw themselves on screen,” said writer and showrunner Lauren Morelli. “I am humbled to now find my own home within Tales and to continue telling Armistead’s stories.”
Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal, and Barbara Garrick will also return. Ellen Page will join the cast as Shawna.
Armistead Maupin will executive produce alongside Lauren Morelli, and Alan Poul returns to direct and executive produce. Laura Linney also executive produces.
While we wait on the edge of our seats for this, here’s a bonus for you in the form of an exclusive look at a page from the script! Be sure to add the show to your Netflix watchlist so you don’t miss the first episode!
Armistead Maupin is the author of eleven novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City, which led to three Tales of the City limited series starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. Alan Poul served as producer of the first three adaptations (Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City) which earned a Peabody Award and multiple Emmy Award nominations.