September 16, 2020
Netflix dropped the first trailer for its sequel series to Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City”. It brings Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) back to 28 Barnaby Lane in San Francisco where a new cast of queer characters now reside.
What’s showed in the trailer
In the newly released trailer, we see Laura Linney return to San Francisco as protagonist Mary Ann Singleton. She is reuniting with old friends and family. Which includes her eccentric ex-landlady Anna Madrigal (reprised by Olympia Dukakis).
“When I first got off the bus years ago,” Linney narrates, “I had the strangest feeling that I’d come home.” Having left 20 years earlier to pursue her career, Mary Ann emotionally returns to her old boarding house. She rejoined her chosen family and daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) at 28 Barbary Lane.
Who are the casts
The tear-jerking trailer takes us through a whirlwind of sequins, bondage, and tight-knit friendships. We’re introduced to the new, diverse residents of the show’s dynamic world. New cast members include RuPaul’s Drag Race season eight winner Bob the Drag Queen, and Russian Doll’s Charlie Barnett, while Paul Gross returns to his role as Mary Ann’s ex-husband, Brian Hawkins.
As previously reported, Ellen Page will play a lesbian in the limited series. And the trailer hints at a romance with “Girls” star Zosia Mamet. Another HBO favorite, Murray Bartlett of “Looking,” also features heavily in the trailer.
Regardless of whether you saw the original 1993 miniseries or not, Tales of the City seems like a touching, heartwarming series from Netflix. It revitalizes Armistead Maupin’s novels for the modern age. The vibrant LGBT culture portrayed in the series, as well as the diverse characters and storylines, point to Tales of the City being another hit “revival” for the streaming service.
Spotlighting the LGBTQ+ community both on- and off-screen, the show has an entirely queer writing team. As well as LGBTQ+ producers and directors, and is set to premiere on June 7.
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