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Cynthia Erivo to star alongside Nicole Kidman in new anthology series – ‘Roar’

Nicole Kidman Cynthia Elviro Roar

Although the name Cecelia Ahern may not immediately ring a bell, we're certain you would be familiar with her work. Did someone say, P.S I Love You? Now, another one of the Irish novelists' works, Roar, is receiving the on screen treatment and naturally, Nicole Kidman and Cynthia Erivo are at the helm of the all-star cast.

Based on Ahern's collection of short stories, Roar is a female-driven anthology series that will focus on a series of women exploring a different absurd contradiction or issue in their life. Although the series won't be able to touch on all 30 of the short stories, it has been confirmed that it will comprise of eight, half-hour episodes each told from a different female point of view.

Apple TV+ shared the news of the upcoming anthology series just yesterday; labelling Ahern's work as a "series of darkly comic feminist fables." According to the book's original description, Roar "takes the familiar aspects of women's lives – the routines, the embarrassments, the desires" and explores the way women continuously blaze through it all. With this in mind, it's clear to see why both Kidman and Erivo were deemed as natural fits.

Joining the formidable, award-winning duo is Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever and Golden Globe nominee Alison Brie; Issa Rae, Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart, and Kara Hayward. In addition to starring, Kidman is also on board to executive produce alongside Per Saari – her partner in production company Blossom Films. Co-creators of the hit-comedy series GLOW, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, will also create, showrun and serve as executive producers on the series.

Nicole Kidman recently announced her upcoming role in the new Amazon series, Things I Know To Be True; while Cynthia Erivo has been busy taking on the Queen of Soul for her current portrayal of Aretha Franklin in Genius: Aretha.

While most of the storyline is still kept pretty under wraps, the series has released a short teaser trailer with a glimpse of each storyline. In it, we get a quick glimpse of the dark comedic undertones, and the peculiarities that are distinctive to female values. You can watch the trailer below, we will be sure to keep you updated with any new series developments.

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