9:00am PT by Rick Porter
Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo to Star in Apple Anthology Series
Apple has greenlit an anthology series about what it means to be a woman — and assembled an A-list cast to star in it.
Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever and Alison Brie will star in Roar, based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern. GLOW Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch are adapting the book; it's the first series order under the pair's overall deal at Apple.
Roar will consist of eight half-hour episodes, each told from a uniquely female point of view and covering a wide variety of genres.
Kidman is also an executive producer along with her Blossom Films partner Per Saari. The company has also set up projects at HBO (Big Little Lies and The Undoing), Hulu (Nine Perfect Strangers) and Amazon (The Expatriates, Pretty Things and Things I Know to Be True), where Kidman has a first-look deal.
Endeavor Content is producing Roar. Kidman and Saari exec produce with Flahive and Mensch, who will serve as showrunners; Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss of Made Up Stories; Theresa Park via her Per Capita Productions; and author Ahern, via her company Greenlight Go.
The show will join a roster of upcoming Apple TV+ series that also includes Physical, Pachinko, Foundation, The Shrink Next Door and others. Apple is also coming off its first Golden Globe win for Jason Sudeikis' lead role on Ted Lasso.
Flahive and Carly Mensch are repped by WME, Kaplan Perrone and Shreck Rose. Kidman is with CAA, Media Talent Group, attorney Alan Wertheimer and The Lede Company. Erivo is repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, ID PR and Peikoff Mahan. Wever is with Innovative Artists and Viking Entertainment.