Actress and ABC’s “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg joins former co-host Rosie O’Donnell and English-born Australian actor Guy Pearce in the new ABC show “When We Rise.”

A dramatic trailer for the new show was released on Sunday.

The series is headed by director Gus Van Sant and Oscar-winning screenplay writer Dustin Lance, the creators of “Milk,” a biopic of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay California politician.

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“When We Rise,” loosely inspired by a memoir by Cleve Jones, is dedicated to retelling the various fights for LGBT rights in America. The series will cover defining moments in history, such as the 1960 Stonewall riots in New York and the advancements of 1970 lesbian activists The Lavender Menace.

Pearce is cast as Jones, while Goldberg will play Pat Norman, the “first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department.” O’Donnell will portray Del Martin, “co-founder of the first US lesbian organisation.”

The series will air in February 2017.

(H/T Pink News)

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