Roar, a new anthology drama with Nicole Kidman and Cynthia Erivo, is set to arrive on Apple TV+ on Friday 15 April.
The series is based on a book of short-stories by Cecilia Ahearn, and has been adapted for television by GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.
Here’s everything you need to know about Roar.
What is Roar about?
Roar is an anthology series that “mirrors the dilemmas of ordinary women in accessible yet surprising ways.”
The official synopsis promises a series “featuring a unique blend of magical realism, familiar domestic and professional scenarios, and futuristic worlds.”
Is Roar based on a book?
Yes, it is. Roar is based on the short story collection of the same name by Cecilia Ahearn, the Irish novelist who wrote PS, I Love You, Where Rainbows End, and If You Could See Me Now.
Who is in the cast of Roar?
Nicole Kidman stars, as well as executive producing the entire series. Kidman is best known for appearing in films like Eyes Wide Shut and Lion, and was recently nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Being the Ricardos. She’s previously appeared on television in HBO series Big Little Lies.
Cynthia Erivo also stars in Roar. Erivo is best-known for her Broadway performances, with runs in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Colour Purple, but otherwise you might recognise her from the movie Harriet or the television series Genius: Aretha.
Merritt Wever also features in Roar. Wever is best-known for appearing in Nurse Jackie, Godless, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. She’s also appeared in The Walking Dead, Birdman, and Marriage Story.
Former GLOW stars Alison Brie (best-known for her appearance in Community) and Betty Gilpin (The Hunt, Elementary) are reunited with GLOW’s creators here also.
They’re joined by Meera Syal (The Split), Fivel Stewart (Atypical), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom), and Issa Rae (Insecure) amongst others.
Who writes and directs Roar?
Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch have adapted Roar for television. Flahive and Mensch previously worked together on the Netflix series GLOW (which also starred Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin).
Flahive and Mensch wrote five of Roar’s eight episodes. The remaining three episodes were written by Halley Feiffer (Impeachment: American Crime Story), Janine Nabers (Watchmen), and Vera Santamaria (PEN15).
Directors for the series have yet to be announced.
Is there a trailer for Roar?
Yes, there is. You can watch it right here.
How and where can I watch Roar?
Roar is set to arrive on Apple TV+ on Friday 15 April. All eight episodes will be made available at once.
How many episodes is Roar?
There are eight episodes of Roar altogether, each thirty minutes in length.
Why should I watch Roar?
Because anthology series can encompass a range of tones and styles, and they’re always interesting to check out for that reason.