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Tales Of The City is back to focus on this trans character’s past

Tales Of The City is back to focus on this trans character’s past

Jen Richards (L) and Daniela Vega in Tales Of The City.

A few weeks ahead of its release, the cast of the sequel to Tales Of The City explained the significance of bringing this San Francisco tale back on screen.

The story is an adaptation of a series of nine novels by gay American writer Armistead Maupin.

This new instalment of the cult LGBTI series follows the original aired on PBS in 1994 for just one season, before landing two additional seasons on Showtime.

Saving 28 Barbary Lane

Laura Linney reprises her role as Mary Ann Singleton, leaving her husband and daughter behind to find herself and a new, unusual family in San Francisco.

In the original series, she finds an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane. She shares the house with several tenants and eccentric landlady Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis).

In Tales Of The City, Mary Ann will reconcile with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) now living at Barbary Lane. Saving the beloved house from San Francisco’s rapid gentrification will be the opportunity for Mary Ann to mend their relationship.

Laura Linney (L) and Ellen Page.
Laura Linney (L) and Ellen Page. | Photo: Netflix

‘These friendships and these relatioships are all about letting you be the person who you want to be,’ Ellen Page says in the new featurette.

The cast also includes Zosia Mamet, Victor Garber, and Charlie Barnett. Molly Ringwald will appear in an undisclosed role.

Trans actress Jen Richards plays young Anna

Mary Ann will also reunite with ex-husband Brian and Anna, learning more about her past.

In the new trailer, Netflix gives us a first look at trans actress and activist Jen Richards in the role of young Anna. Moreover, A Fantastic Woman actress Daniela Vega will play one of Anna’s friends.

Executive producers Lauren Morelli and Alan Poul have incorporated a pivotal storyline from Anna’s past told in flashbacks as a way to counteract the original casting. Dukakis, in fact, is a cisgender actress playing a trans character.

This storyline is also a lesson of queer history. The characters revolve around The Compton’s Cafeteria riot, the site of San Francisco’s own version of the Stonewall uprising. The Compton’s Cafeteria riot took place in 1966 and preceded Stonewall by three years.

Tales Of The City premieres on Netflix on 7 June.

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