Paul Gross will return to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins on the Netflix reboot of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.”
“Tales of the City” was a mini-series that debuted in 1993. It told the story of Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) who moves to 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco from the Midwest. She finds herself learning about issues such as gender identity, homosexuality and HIV/AIDS.
Ellen Page has been cast as Shawna Hawkins, Singleton’s daughter. Brian is the father of Shawna and the ex-husband of Singleton. Gross appeared as Brian in the first “Tales of the City.” The character was played by Whip Hubley in the sequels “More Tales of the City” and “Further Tales of the City.”
The reboot has also added more names to the cast. Transgender actress Daniela Vega will play transgender woman Ysela. Jen Richards will play a younger version of Madrigal, Singleton’s quirky landlady. Olympia Dukakis will return as Madrigal in present day.
Bob the Drag Queen has been cast as Ida Best, the manager of a burlesque club. Other cast members include Michelle Buteau, Ashley Park, Christopher Larkin, Matthew Risch, Michael Park, Dickie Hearts, Benjamin Thys, Samantha Soule and Juan Castano.
Barbara Garrick will also reprise her role as lesbian socialite DeDe Halcyon Day.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Orange is the New Black” writer Lauren Morelli is the showrunner, writer and executive producer of the series. Alan Poul, producer of the miniseries, Linney and Maupin are also on board to executive produce.
The writing team is also entirely LGBT.
“Tales of the City” will debut its 10-episode season on Netflix in 2019.