Netflix has released the full-length trailer for “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” and Laura Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton has a secret to reveal to her on-screen daughter Shawna, played by Ellen Page.
Linney is reprising the role she originated in the ’90s TV miniseries based on Maupin’s novel series of the same name. Olympia Dukakis will also return to her role as Anna Madrigal, along with Barbara Garrick as DeDe Halcyon Day and Paul Gross as Brian Hawkins.
The returning cast are joined by new cast members including Page, “Russian Doll” star Charlie Barnett, Murray Bartlett, Josiah Victoria Garcia and May Hong.
The trailer shows Madrigal (Dukakis) and Singleton (Linney) reuniting at Barbary Lane, and having a heart-to-heart in which Singleton says, “Shawna deserves to know the truth.”
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“She thinks I am her biological mother,” Singleton later tells her ex Brian Hawkins (Gross).
Madrigal’s advice to Singleton is simple: “Sometimes the truth is a burden you have to carry on your own.”
“Tales of the City” follows the adventures of Mary Ann Singleton, a naive young woman from Ohio who impulsively decided to stay in San Francisco after visiting for a vacation, and her developing friendships and relationships among the city’s colorful, eccentric denizens. The first novel was adapted as a 1993 miniseries, followed by a series based on the second book in 1998, and a series based on the third in 2001.
Per Netflix’s description: Mary Ann (Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Page) and ex-husband Brian (Gross), 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.
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The series is produced for Netflix by Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International studios. Lauren Morelli serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Alan Poul, who directs and executive-produces with Maupin and Linney. Working Title’s Andrew Stearn, Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner also executive-produce.
Watch the trailer above.
“Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” debuts June 7 on Netflix.