ABC ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CASTING FOR EVENT LIMITED SERIES
"WHEN WE RISE" FROM ACADEMY AWARD(R)-WINNING SCREENWRITER
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK
Michael K. Williams and Ivory Aquino Join the Cast
Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare and
David Hyde Pierce Guest Star
Michael K. Williams ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire") and Ivory Aquino join the cast of ABC's event limited series "When We Rise." Williams portrays African American community organizer Ken Jones, and Aquino plays the role of transgender activist Cecilia Chung.
Joining the cast in part one (of this seven-part series) as special guest stars are Emmy(R), GRAMMY(R), Oscar(R) and Tony(R) winner Whoopi Goldberg as Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department; Emmy winner Rosie O'Donnell as Del Martin, co-founder of the first lesbian organization in the country; Emmy nominee and Tony winner Denis O'Hare as Jim Foster, openly gay Democratic party organizer; and Emmy and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Jones, Cleve's father.
"When We Rise" chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.
The event limited series is executive-produced by Dustin Lance Black ("Milk," "Big Love," "J. Edgar"), Laurence Mark ("Julie & Julia,""Dreamgirls,""I, Robot," "Jerry Maguire"), Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty," "Milk") and Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting," "Milk") for ABC. Van Sant will direct the two-hour premiere of the seven-episode event limited series.
"When We Rise" is written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and produced by ABC Studios.