The Pfeffermans are ready for their curtain call. But will they get a happy ending?
Following last month’s teaser trailer, a full-length trailer has been released for Transparent’s bittersweet farewell.
In the wake of star Jeffrey Tambor departing the series amid sexual misconduct allegations, the Emmy-winning Amazon series’ upcoming two-hour movie musical finale will focus on the Pfefferman family’s grieving process after Maura, Tambor’s transgender character, dies off-screen.
The Transparent Musicale Finale will star returning regulars Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann. New and returning guest stars include Kathryn Hahn, Cherry Jones, Tig Notaro, Shakina Nayfack, Alexandra Billings, and Trace Lysette.
Pfefferman matriarch Shelly, played by Light, finds herself in the spotlight as she creates and stars in a theatrical production about her family. In other news, Hoffmann’s Ali, who has been exploring their own gender identity, is considering becoming a rabbi.
“People say when they’re making musicals that there are moments when the characters have to sing because they can’t put something into words,” series creator Jill Soloway has said of the finale, which features original music by their sister, Faith Soloway. “I think it’s the same thing with what our show went through, we felt like we needed a different way of looking at the family. And we did it through song.”
“We were all in mourning in many ways, and we all had to process together,” Soloway continued. “The show has always been a reflection of who we were, and we were mourning our own narrative.”
It was announced last year that Transparent would end with its fifth season after Tambor, accused of sexual harassment by former assistant Van Barnes and co-star Lysette, was fired from the series following an internal investigation.
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow castmates.”
“Every human, and I’ve been on this show from the beginning, everyone, producers, makeup and hair, wardrobe, Amazon, every human, trans or cis, straight or gay, has had this spiritual need to be involved in this story,” said Billings at the 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour. “Each human was there to create more opportunities for other. We were able to sail through because of the human experience of this show.”
The Transparent Musicale Finale starts streaming September 27 on Amazon Prime Video.
Watch the trailer below.