‘Feminist fables’ will Roar on Apple TV+


‘Feminist fables’ will Roar on Apple TV+
The feminist short-story collection Roar is being made into an Apple TV+ series.
Photo: Grand Central Publishing/Cult of Mac

A star-studded collection of women will appear in Roar on Apple TV+. This anthology series of “darkly comic feminist fables” will feature Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, Alison Brie and more.

The series will be made up of eight half-hour episodes. It’s being created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (GLOW).

The show is based on Roar, a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern. Grand Central Publishing, who published the collection, says the author, “explores the endless ways in which women blaze through adversity with wit, resourcefulness, and compassion. Ahern takes the familiar aspects of women’s lives — the routines, the embarrassments, the desires — and elevates these moments to the outlandish and hilarious with her astute blend of magical realism and social insight.”

The upcoming Apple TV+ series gathered some big names. Nicole Kidman won an Oscar, an Emmy and multiple Golden Globes throughout her career. Cynthia Erivo has a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy. And Apple promises additional names for the project in the future.

There’s no word on when Roar will premier on Apple TV+. Monday’s announcement of the show is likely timed to coincide with Women’s History Month.

Other women-led series on Apple TV+

Apple’s streaming service already offers women-led series, like The Morning Show staring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, which is expected to begin its second season in 2021. The same goes for Truth Be Told starring Octavia Spencer

And there are plenty more in development. Physical, a dramedy starring Rose Byrne will premiere this summer. There’s also The Last Thing He Told Me starring Julia Roberts and Lessons in Chemistry starring Brie Larson.

Apple’s streaming video service is still fairly new but promises more than 50 series and films, either available now or coming soon. There are thrillers, crime dramas, comedies and documentaries. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 a month.