Last month it was revealed that the anticipated L Word reboot would be called The L Word: Generation Q. Now the first new cast and characters who’ll join originals Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, and Katherine Moennig in carrying forth stories of queer women in Los Angeles have been announced, according to Deadline.
The show’s new cast members include relative newcomers Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, and Rosanny Zayas.
Screenwriter and playwright Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar) was tapped as showrunner to shepherd a new generation of LGBTQ people into the world of characters who once congregated at the fictional café the Planet.
While groundbreaking in its own right, the original L Word made missteps around bisexual and trans identities and was not as racially diverse as LGBTQ-inclusive shows that have come after like Orange Is the New Black, Vida, and Pose.
The announcement about new cast members also included the first details about a few of the denizens who will inhabit the fictional world that Ilene Chaiken created in the original 2004 Showtime series.
Mandi will play Dani Nùñez, a public relations executive who is “powerful and calculating,” according to Deadline. Sheng, who recently costarred in Rhys Ernst’s Adam, plays Micah Lee, “a soft-spoken adjunct professor forced to confront his fear of vulnerability.” Meanwhile, Toboni plays Sarah Finley, an assistant reconciling her sexual identity with her religious background. Finally, Zayas plays Sophie Suarez, a TV producer who subverts her own needs to those of others.
Generation Q, which will shoot in Los Angeles this summer, is set to premiere in the fall. The pilot is directed by executive producer Steph Green, who’s directed episodes of The Americans, The Man in the High Castle, and You’re the Worst.
Soon after it was confirmed in January that the show was moving forward, original cast member Sarah Shahi, who played the beloved Carmen, said she would be joining the reboot.
Other original L Word characters, including Tina (Laurel Holloman), Dana (Erin Daniels), and Jenny (Mia Kirshner), may also return for the reboot, although there’s no indication yet of how the writers will handle reincorporating Dana and Jenny, who were killed off in the original series. Pam Grier (who played Beals’s Bette’s big sister Kit) has said she will not return for the show because she’s tied up with the series Bless This Mess.