Apple TV+'s 'Roar' Trailer Introduces Eight Feminist Fables Starring Nicole Kidman, Betty Gilpin, More

The show, which launches April 15, mixes dark comedy, magical realism, and psychological horror.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

From left to right: Betty Gilpin, Cynthia Erivo, and Nicole Kidman in 'Roar'

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If you're looking for a fantastical twist on the struggles women have faced for centuries, Carly Mensch, Liz Flahive, and Apple TV+ have you covered. Get a glimpse of their new anthology series, Roar, in the trailer below, ahead of its April 15 premiere.

Based on Cecelia Ahern's 2019 book of short stories (of the same title), Roar centers a different female character with her own unique story, often told in a specific genre or style, in each of the eight episodes. 

One woman (played by Nicole Kidman, who also executive produces) eats photographs, while another (played by Merritt Wever) gets romantically involved with a duck, and another (played by Alison Brie) is a ghost who has to solve her own murder. Cynthia Erivo's character keeps finding mysterious bites and bruising on her body; Issa Rae's character struggles to be seen — literally; Meera Syal's character returns her husband; Fivel Stewart's character, who lives in the past, and is on a revenge journey with Kara Hayward; and Betty Gilpin's character begins to live on a shelf to really bring to life the term "trophy wife."

The show mixes dark comedy, magical realism, and psychological horror in order to comment on everything from balancing successful family lives with high-stress careers to being underestimated and getting sucked into abusive relationships.

Other actors who appear in episodes include Nick Kroll, Judy Davis, Alfred Molina, Daniel Dae Kim, Jake Johnson, Jason Mantzoukas, Chris Lowell, Ego Nwodim, Griffin Matthews, Peter Facinelli, Simon Baker, Hugh Dancy, Jillian Bell, Bernard White, and Justin Kirk.

Roar comes from creators and showrunners Flahive and Mensch through their overall deal with the streamer. They executive produce alongside Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films; Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, and Allie Goss for Made Up Stories; Ahern through Greenlight Go, and Theresa Park through Per Capita Productions. Roar is produced for Apple by Endeavor Content.