We already knew that ABC was bringing in some major stars for the upcoming LGBT rights mini-series, When We Rise. Last month the network announced that Rachel Griffiths, Mary Louise Parker, and Guy Pearce will all be taking on leading roles. And now, we know that Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell will also be part of this amazing show.
In additional to former View co-stars, Whoopi and Rosie, David Hyde Pierce and Denis O’Hare will also guest star on the series, among a bevy of other actors.
The mini-series will delve into the lives and loves of a group of LGBT advocates who were at the center of the gay rights movement from the Stonewall Riots of 1969 through modern times.
According to Deadline, the guest stars will play the following roles:
“Williams will play African American Community Organizer Ken Jones. Aquino is transgender activist Cecilia Chung. 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.”
We don’t yet know when the series will be released, but it is currently being filmed in Vancouver and San Francisco. And we just can’t wait to watch it!