Roar starring Nicole Kidman is out now on Apple TV+ (and fans think it's absolutely bonkers)

The anthology series is an adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's 2018 short story collection of the same title.
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Roar, a female-led anthology series starring Nicole Kidman, Issa Rae and Alison Brie, is the hottest new offering from Apple TV+.

Released earlier this month, the eight-part series promises a set of “genre-spanning and thought-provoking stories” which offer “an insightful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious portrait of what it means to be a woman today." We're listening. 

Based on Cecelia Ahern's 2018 short story collection of the same title, Roar represents the coming together of an impressive line-up of female talent both on-screen and behind the camera.

GLOW writer duo Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch have written and created the show, while Nicole Kidman serves as executive producer alongside Per Saari as part of their Blossom Films production company. 

It's also expected to be in safe hands from Apple Originals behind it: it seems the streaming service's original programming arm can do no wrong, with hits like The Morning Show, Ted Lasso and more recently WeCrashed, a limited series starring Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto which tells the real-life story of WeWork founders, couple Adam and Rebekah Neumann.

What have fans said about Roar?

Well, let's just say the various plots in Roar have caused quite the discussion on Twitter, particularly the “duck episode.” Warning, spoilers ahead.

One fan tweeted, “Apple TV: so here is a show about WOMEN and how they are abused and murdered, and seen as objects, even dressed in bunny outf-- Twitter: *busts through the wall* DID YOU SAY HUGH DANCY IN A BUNNY OUTFIT GETTING RAILED BY MADS MIKKELSEN?????”

Another added, “Did anyone else watch Roar on Apple TV? Because wtf?! Lmaooo," while one person commented, “So i’m watching Roar on Apple TV… and I’m on the duck episode & like… what the f[*]ck?”

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Who stars in Roar?

This show has one hell of a line-up. There's superstar Nicole Kidman, of course, who's graced our screens in everything from Big Little Lies to, more recently, award-winning Meet The Ricardos (for which Kidman won the Golden Globe for Best Actress). Then there's Harriet star Cynthia Erivo and Insecure star Issa Rae. 

We were excited to see Meera Syal, who's been in everything from The Kumars at No. 42 and Anita and Me to, more recently, Richard Curtis' Yesterday and The Split, together with GLOW actors Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, Nurse Jackie's Merritt Wever.

Other hot names include Atypical's Fivel Stewart and Kara Hayward (Manchester By The Sea, To The Stars).

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Behind the camera, trio Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss, from the production team Made Up Stories (the production team behind The Undoing), also serve as executive producers alongside Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.

What will Roar be about?

Roar explores – according to Apple's statement – “familiar domestic and professional situations" blended with “magical realism” and “futuristic worlds". 

Another theme is resilience: “How they emerge from their respective journeys speaks to the resiliency that exists within themselves, and with all women,” reads the Apple TV+ statement. 

While those who have read Cecelia Ahern's Roar might have a few ideas on what to expect, what complicates matters is that the collection is of 30 stories – whereas this anthology series spans just eight episodes, so the question remains of which will be featured in the plot (or in subsequent series, should the show get extended). 

Is there a trailer for Roar?

There certainly is! You can watch it here:


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When will Roar be released?

Roar premiered globally on Apple TV+ on 15 April 2022. And for those who like to binge series all in one go, there's good news: all eight episodes are available to watch now.

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