Michael K. Williams and Ivory Aquino
have joined the cast of ABC's upcoming miniseries about the gay
The eight-hour miniseries, titled When
We Rise, has been in development at ABC for more than two years.
According to Deadline
Hollywood, Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Wire) will
play activist Ken Jones, while Aquino has been cast to play Cecilia
Chung, a leading transgender rights activist.
The series also includes Rachel
Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker, Carrie Preston and Guy Pearce.
In addition, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie
O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare and David Hyde Pierce guest star.
The project reunites the team behind
the 2008 film Milk: Director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance
Black and producer Bruce Cohen. Milk's subject was Harvey
Milk, an LGBT rights activist and politician who was gunned down
inside San Francisco City Hall. Van Sant is set to direct the first
two-hour episode of When We Rise and will co-produce the
series with Black, Cohen and Laurence Mark.