Omar comin’ to ABC.
Created and written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, the seven-part mini chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights movement. Williams will play African-American community organizer Ken Jones, and relative newcomer Ivory Aquino will portray transgender activist Cecilia Chung.
It was also announced Tuesday that four TV veterans will guest-star in the project’s first installment: Whoopi Goldberg as Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department; Rosie O’Donnell as Del Martin, co-founder of the first lesbian organization in the country; Denis O’Hare as Jim Foster, the openly gay Democratic party organizer; and David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Jones, father of LGBT activist Cleve Jones (Guy Pearce).
When We Rise — which also stars Rachel Griffiths and Mary-Louise Parker — is currently in production in Vancouver and San Francisco. An airdate is TBD.