When We Rise, the eight-hour television “epic event limited series” created and written by Dustin Lance Black and executive produced by Gus Van Sant, has added some new stars to its ever-growing cast.
The ABC miniseries follows the “real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.”
Playbill reports that Rosie O’Donnell, David Hyde Pierce, Dennis O’Hare and Whoopi Goldberg have joined the cast as early LGBT rights figures. They join other previously announced actors such as Guy Pearce, Mary Louise Parker and Rachel Griffiths.
According to Deadline “Goldberg is Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department, O’Donnell plays Del Martin, co-founder of the first Lesbian organization in the country, O’Hare is Jim Foster, openly gay Democratic party organizer, and Pierce will play Dr. Jones, Cleve’s father.”
No premiere date has been announced but filming is currently underway in San Francisco and Vancouver.
Since the series probably won’t debut until 2017 check out some Instagram photos from the set to hold you over: