Apple TV+ has shown to be more than capable of striking its own route in a crowded streaming market. It’s too early to tell if their upcoming drama series, City on Fire, will have the same clout, but if the service’s rise continues, the series should become yet another conversation starter — especially with a cast of TV favorites that includes Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Zuckerman, Xavier Clyde, and John Cameron Mitchell.
This famous cast will join Chase Sui Wonder and Wyatt Oleff, who were already revealed to feature in the upcoming series, according to Deadline. City on Fire is based on Garth Risk Hallberg’s novel of the same name, and it recounts the tragic murder of an NYU student in Central Park on July 4, 2003. The late woman was alone at the time of the incident, on her way to watch her friends’ band at her favorite downtown bar.
Samantha, the dead lady at the center of this tragedy, is an unsuspected link between a succession of strange citywide fires, the music scene downtown, and a wealthy uptown real estate family, the latter straining under their many dark secrets.
Kirke has been hired in the role of Regan, the daughter of a Manhattan real estate billionaire who is attempting to thrive on her own terms, while Tortorella will portray William, a clever, if self-destructive, artist living in the heart of the city. In addition, Zuckerman will play Keith, Regan’s husband, who has a patriotic spirit that helps him “fail upward,” and Clyde will play Mercer, William’s lover who traveled to New York from Georgia in “the goal of creating the great American book” while also “embracing his true self.” Furthermore, Mitchell is tied to the part of Amory, a prominent and powerful Manhattan CEO who can be both brutal and charming at the same time.
Along with the previously announced new cast members, Max Milner will play Nicky Chaos, a charismatic revolutionary with a large following who is dedicated to fighting the 1%, and Alexandra Doke will play Sewer Girl, Nicky’s crew’s “bleeding heart.” As a pair of investigators, Omid Abtahi and Kathleen Monroe appear. Detective Ali Parsa, played by the former, is a workaholic assigned to work with Detective PJ McFadden, played by Monroe. In New York City, filming for the forthcoming Apple TV+ series has already begun. City on Fire will air later this year or early next year, and will be written by showrunners Josh Schwartz and StephanieSavage, who are best known for developing Gossip Girl and writing and producing The O.C. Executive producer JessePeretz is directing the first four episodes.