Big Queer Stars Join Tales of the City Reboot

Netflix nabs Bob the Drag Queen, Daniela Vega, Jen Richards, and lots more LGBTQ talent for another take on Tales of the City.

Image credits: dvsross (left), Martin Karft (middle), Christina Gandolfo (right)

The San Francisco rite of passage that is reading or watching some version of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is getting passed on the the next generation. Just like Netflix rebooted local favorites Full House and Queer Eye, the streaming service just announced the full cast of a new Tales of the City sequel miniseries, with 10 episodes dropping sometime in 2019.

For the first time, the pothead trans woman character Anna Madrigal will be played by a trans woman. While Olympia Dukakis reprises the role she played in the 1990s PBS and Showtime versions, Jen Richards (More Than T) will portray a young Anna in a series of LOST-style flashback scenes that also include Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman). Laura Linney and Ellen Page also return in their respective roles as Mary Ann Singleton and her adopted daughter Shawna.

But Rupaul’s Drag Race fans will be most revved up to see that Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen — billed here as Caldwell Tidicue — has signed on to play burlesque club manager Ida Best.

According to a press release from Netflix, “This next chapter follows Mary Ann (Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Page) and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.”

The books’ original author Armistead Maupin will serve as executive producer, and this reboot will be entitled Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. If you can’t wait until the 2019 reboot premiere to get your Tales on, last year’s documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin is streaming for $3.99 on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and YouTube.

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