“I call them my children, because they are.” So says Olympia Dukakis’ Anna Madrigal about her extended, lovingly constructed tribe of Barbary Lane kindred spirits in the official trailer for Netflix’s new Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City limited series.
Set for a June 7 global launch, this Tales – the fourth TV adaptation of the Maupin’s book series, now on Netflix – the latest installment continues the San Francisco adventures of Madrigal, Brian (Paul Gross), Mary Ann (Laura Linney) and, this time around, Mary Ann’s daughter Shawna (Ellen Page).
Here’s the Netflix logline: Mary Ann (Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Page) and ex-husband Brian (Gross), 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann quickly is drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.
This trailer focuses a bit more on Madrigal – a teaser released by Netflix in April was more Mary Ann-centric – though the selling point for fans no doubt is the reunion of Linney, Gross and Dukakis from previous TV outings – Tales of the City (1993), More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001). Gross appeared only in the first movie; his “Brian” role was played by Whip Hubley in the two sequels.
The 10-episode limited series is a Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International studios production for Netflix. Lauren Morelli serves as Showrunner and Executive Producer, alongside Executive Producer/Director Alan Poul, and Executive Producers Armistead Maupin and Laura Linney. Working Title’s Andrew Stearn, Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner executive produce.
Check out the trailer above (set to the music of MUNA’s “I Know a Place”). And here is the new key art unveiled today by Netflix:
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