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Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever and Alison Brie for Cecelia Ahern's Roar on Apple TV+
05 Mar 2021 : News Desk
Author Cecelia Ahern.
Apple TV+ has greenlit a female-driven anthology series Roar, based on Cecilia Ahern’s collection of short stories, from GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, who have signed an overall deal with the streamer.

The series will star Nicole Kidman (The Undoing, Bombshell, Big Little Lies), Cynthia Erivo (The Outsider, Widows) , Merritt Wever (Unbelievable, Marriage Story, Godless), and Alison Brie (Promising Young Woman, GLOW, Community). 

It was first announced back in 2018 that Nicole Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films, Made Up Stories and Per Capita Productions would  be collaborating with Cecelia Ahern and her Greenlight Go Productions label to produce a TV series based on her then unpublished book of short stories, 

Roar, which was published by HarperCollins in the UK and Grand Central Publishing in the U.S.  in 2019, is a compilation of 30 insightful, moving, and humorous short stories; each story in the multifaceted collection features a woman exploring a different absurd contradiction or issue in her life – a sometimes comic, always moving, look at the guilt, joys, humiliation, and triumphs that define the modern woman’s experience, including the private moments when she feels the need to roar (“I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar” – Helen Reddy).

Roar will feature eight, half-hour episodes, each told from a female point of view.

Flahive and Mensch created the TV series and will showrun. They will exec produce alongside Kidman and Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss via Made Up Stories, Ahern’s Greenlight Go and Theresa Park via Per Capita Productions. It will be produced by Endeavor Content.  

Ahern’s previous book-to-screen adaptations include P.S. I Love You and Love, Rosie. She also co-created and produced the ABC comedy series Samantha Who?

Flahive and Mensch’s wrestling comedy drama GLOW, which features Brie, was a victim of Covid-19 after Netflix cancelled it last year before its fourth season, reversing its decision to renew the series in 2019; much to the chagrin of its many fans. 

Kidman, Saari, and Papandrea, who previously teamed on HBO’s Big Little Lies, most recently partnered to produce HBO’s The Undoing, which earned Kidman and co-star Hugh Grant rave reviews. Kidman is soon to be seen in Robert Eggar’s The Northman, which recently shot in Northern Ireland. 

Merritt Wever, earned an Emmy Award for playing the character Zoey on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie and a Golden Globe for her work in Godless. She appeared in the films BirdmanInto the WildMichael Clayton, and Marriage Story as well as Unbelievable alongside Toni Collette. 

Cynthia Erivo is known for her work in films such as Bad Times at the El Royale, Harriet, and Steve McQueen’s Widows. She recently played a central role in the series The Outsider adapted from the novel by Stephen King. 

Alison Brie starred has been at the forefront of television and film for over a decade with roles such as as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community, as Diane Nguyen in the animated comedy series BoJack Horseman, and as Ruth Wilder in the comedy-drama series GLOW, the latter of which earned her nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She has also starred in films such as The Disaster ArtistThe PostPromising Young Woman, and Horse Girl, which she also co-wrote and produced, and The Rental.

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