Early last year, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the creative tag-team behind the Netflix show “GLOW,” signed an overall deal with Apple for new TV projects. Their first show for AppleTV+? An anthology series of darkly comic feminist fables that stars some of the most talented women in show business.
“Roar,” based on a short story collection by Cecelia Ahern, spans eight half-hour episodes about how women navigate others’ perceptions of feminity, as well as their own. Expect surprises with this show, as AppleTV+ touts it as a whimsical, genre-bending take on womanhood.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Apple TV+ today revealed the premiere date and a first look at the highly anticipated female-driven anthology series, “Roar,” which will debut globally with all eight episodes on Friday, April 15, 2022. Based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern, the series is the first to be released under “Roar” creators and co-showrunners Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive’s (“GLOW”) overall deal with Apple TV+, and features an all-star cast including Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”), who also executive produces; Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo; six-time Emmy Award-nominee Issa Rae; Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever; SAG Award nominee Alison Brie; three-time Emmy Award-nominee Betty Gilpin; and Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart and Kara Hayward. “Roar” offers an insightful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious portrait of what it means to be a woman today. Featuring a unique blend of magical realism, familiar domestic and professional scenarios, and futuristic worlds, these eight stories mirror the dilemmas of ordinary women in accessible yet surprising ways. How they emerge from their respective journeys speaks to the resiliency that exists within themselves, and with all women.
Not convinced yet? Take a look at the cast list. Nicole Kidman leads the charge with Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Weaver, and Alison Brie. Issa Rae, Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart, and Kara Hayward also star.
No word yet on a premiere date for “Roar,” but expect it to hit Apple TV+ this spring or early summer.