Based on the series of novels of the same name by Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City earned PBS its highest ratings when it originally aired in 1993. The outstanding miniseries was nominated for two Primetime Emmys and won a Peabody Award. Earlier this year, Netflix announced it was reviving the series for a 10-episode fourth installment. The streaming service just revealed the entire cast and it’s a very diverse and inclusive one.
“Inspired by the books by Armistead Maupin, 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.” – Logline
Joining previously announced cast members Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick and Ellen Page in the revival is Paul Gross who’s reprising his role of Brian Hawkins. He’s the ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton (Linney) and father of Shawna Hawkins (Page).
Also joining the show is Looking alum Murray Bartlet. The 47-year-old Aussie is playing the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver – longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend. Meanwhile, Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) will play Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall. Newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia will be playing the role of Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park.
Among the talented roster of recurring cast members are: Jen Richards (Her Story, Mrs. Fletcher) playing a young Anna Madrigal, Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman) as Ysela, a trans woman who plays a pivotal role in Anna’s life; Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club) as Wren, Brian’s no-nonsense best friend; Ashley Park (Broadway’s Mean Girls) and Christopher Larkin (The 100) as twins Ani and Raven who are newer residents of Barbary Lane; Caldwell Tidicue aka Bob the Drag Queen (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Ida Best the manager of a burlesque club where Shawna and Margot work; Matthew Risch (Modern Family, Looking) as Mouse’s ex-boyfriend Harrison; Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) as Mary Ann’s husband Robert; Dickie Hearts (Grace & Frankie) as Mateo, DeDe’s housekeeper; Benjamin Thys (The Meyerowitz Stories) and Samantha Soule (Godless) as a queer polyamorous married couple Eli and Inka; and Juan Castano (The OA, What/If) as Ben’s co-worker Flaco Ramirez.
Tales Of The City is currently in production. The limited series is set to debut on Netflix in 2019. Excited about the revival? Did you watch the original and two following mini-series? Weigh in below.