Apple TV is the latest in a long line of streaming services. In comparison to the likes of Netflix and Amazon, they’re still in their infancy, but they have had great success so far with the likes of The Morning Show and Ted Lasso. Now though, one of their upcoming ensemble pieces Roar is set to offer audiences something completely new, from Nicole Kidman eating photographs to Alison Brie as a ghost solving her murder. Confused? Well, let’s clear some of it up.
Roar is an eight-part anthology series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Flahive and Mensch were behind the fan-favorite 80’s comedy-drama Glow which focussed on the world of female wrestling (Alison Brie was one of its leading stars before the show was prematurely canceled by Netflix after three seasons). Now Flahive and Mensch have an overall deal with Apple to produce shows and Roar is their first offering. Roar serves as an anthology series that Apple dubs as “a collection of eight half-hour genre-bending episodes, told from a uniquely female point of view.” You can see the trailer, featuring the likes of Nicole Kidman and Alison Brie below.
The show is based on a collection of thirty short stories written by Cecelia Ahern. That collection shares its name with the Apple adaptation. Alison Brie’s story focuses on a woman who is murdered, but as a ghost looks to solve the case, Brie jokingly quips in the trailer how she finds her killer attractive. Beyond Brie’s ghostly murder case and Nicole Kidman’s photo eating affliction, other episodes in the anthology include; Meera Syal trying to return her Husband, Issa Rae of Insecure fading into obscurity, Betty Gilpin as a woman put on a shelf, Merritt Wever falling in love with a duck, Cynthia Erivo with bite marks over her body and a western tale starring Fivel Stewart and Kara Hayward.
Indiewire refers to the series as; “feminist fables.” They go on to say that the show will; “span genres from magical realism to psychological horror, placing ordinary women in hauntingly extraordinary circumstances to showcase a universal struggle.”
Genre-bending fables of feminism brought to life by Alison Brie and her fellow leading ladies of Hollywood sounds almost too good to be true. The good news continues, as per multiple reports, the leading ladies are being joined by a stellar supporting class when the series debuts on Apple TV+ on the 15th of April. The supporting cast members include; Alfred Molina, Nick Kroll, Jake Johnson, Judy Davis, Jason Mantzoukas, Chris Lowell, Hugh Dancy, Ego Nwodim, Griffin Matthews, Peter Facinelli, Simon Baker, Jillian Bell, Bernard White, Justin Kirk, and countless more.
Alison Brie’s Roar co-star Nicole Kidman is also serving as an executive producer. Other producers on the project include the show’s creators in Liz Flahive Carly Mensch as well as Per Saari. Production team Made Up Stories is also behind the series and they will be best known for the incredible drama The Undoing.
It can only be exciting when this much talent comes together to create a piece of fiction. Alison Brie is just one of countless incredible artists involved in Roar. Not only does the series show lots of promise due to the talent behind it, but the show’s premise looks to be refreshing, invigorating and an alternative take on feminist stories. A potent mix for premium storytelling.