One Equal World

When We Rise: Chronicles of Personal and Political Struggles

Posted on: May 24, 2016

Image: Michael K. Williams has joined the cast of ABC’s limited series “When We Rise.” Williams, who starred in “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire” for HBO and “Hap and Leonard” for Sundance TV, will play African-American community organizer Ken Jones in the project from “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Image: Michael K. Williams has joined the cast of ABC’s limited series “When We Rise.” Williams, who starred in “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire” for HBO and “Hap and Leonard” for Sundance TV, will play African-American community organizer Ken Jones in the project from “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

When We Rise,” a new miniseries being filmed for ABC, is meant to be a chronicle of the early days of the gay rights movement, beginning with the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Unlike the failed 2015 movie Stonewall, “When We Rise” may be actually endeavoring to make sure their cast resembles those early LGBT pioneers. (Well, LGB anyway. They still don’t seem to be able to cast trans people in trans roles.)

The movie doesn’t yet have an airdate, but their cast list is getting longer. Michael K. Williams, Whoopie Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell recently signed on as guest stars, and the show will star Mary-Lousie Parker, Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, and Ivory Aquino. The cast also began filming in January, using locations in San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C.

Now, they’re looking for extras in San Francisco to recreate the 1978 Gay Freedom Day Celebration, and the post-Prop 8 mass wedding at City Hall in 2015. Those interested, with a preference for people who experienced either, should email wwr.casting@gmail.com.

For those who just like to set-watch, they’ll be filming throughout May and June at Harvey Milk Plaza and Twin Peaks bar in the Castro.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming miniseries? Will you be tuning in?

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