Per our sister site Deadline, the Good Wife favorite (and star of NBC’s new Crowded sitcom) will play Sally Gearheart, a regal and smart radical with a long career as a gay rights activist.
The eight-hour mini explores the personal and political setbacks and triumphs of the men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights struggle.
When We Rise hails from the team behind the Oscar-nominated film Milk, with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black set to pen and executive-produce alongside Bruce Cohen. Milk director Gus Van Sant will helm the first installment.
Preston’s previous TV credits also include True Blood, Happyish and Person of Interest.