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Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker to star in 'When We Rise' miniseries

By Karen Butler
Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker to star in 'When We Rise' miniseries
Guy Pearce is to star in the ABC miniseries "When We Rise." He is seen here at the premiere of "The Rover" in Los Angeles on June 12, 2014. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker and Rachel Griffiths are to star in the limited series When We Rise, written and created by Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black.

Pearce will play LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Parker will play women's rights leader Roma Guy and Griffiths will play her wife, social-justice activist Diane.

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The roles of African American community organizer Ken Jones and transgender activist Cecelia Chung are still to be cast, ABC said in a press release.

"When We Rise chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs 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," a synopsis said.

The miniseries is executive produced by Black, Laurence Mark, Bruce Cohen and Gus Van Sant for ABC. Van Sant will direct the 2-hour premiere of the seven-episode program.

Cleve Jones was a young Quaker from Arizona, who joined the gay-liberation movement in 1972 and was befriended by pioneer gay-rights leader Harvey Milk. He also founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and led the National March for Equality in 2009.

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Black and Van Sant previously collaborated on the 2008 Harvey Milk biopic Milk.

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