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The L Word: Generation Q is just weeks away from its premiere, and the latest trailer is both sexy and one that pulls at the heartstrings. The latest trailer centers on Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) in her run to be mayor of Los Angeles.
"If elected, Bette Porter would be L.A.'s first female mayor. People out there, they want to know who you are," Alice (Leisha Hailey) says to Bette during an appearance on her talk show.
Bette's answer is then a voiceover for the trailer that features the original L Word characters Bette, Alice, and Shane (Kate Moennig) alongside new characters.
"I'm a woman, I'm a mother, I'm gay. I'm you, that part of you that makes mistakes, that part of you that wants to do better," Bette says.
Screenwriter and playwright Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar) is the showrunner who's shepherding a new generation of LGBTQ people into the world of characters who once congregated at the fictional cafe The Planet.
As far as new characters, and there are plenty, the trailer gives almost nothing away, but there's been enough casting news to gather some sort of idea about who they are.
Among the new denizens of the L Word universe is Jordi, "a rebellious teen with absent parents," who will be played by trans actress Sophie Giannamore (Transparent), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The squad also includes "kind-hearted Rebecca, who often finds herself attracted to the wrong kind of women." Juno's Olivia Thirlby (who is bisexual) has been cast to play her. Lesbian stand-up and costar of The Mindy Project Fortune Feimster joins the cast as Heather, "an aspiring comedian who lacks boundaries," THR reports.
Lex Scott Davis of The First Purge and the Training Day TV series will play Quiara, "a sensual lead singer whose international travels bring her back to L.A."
Mandi plays Dani Nunez, a public relations executive who is "powerful and calculating." Sheng, who costars in Rhys Ernst's controversial movie 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. Zayas plays Sophie Suarez, a TV producer who subverts her own needs to those of others.
Other recent casting announcements included that Stephanie Allyne (who is married to Tig Notaro and appeared in One Mississippi) was cast as Nat, "a sweet therapist who is struggling to co-parent with a hostile ex-wife and her live-in girlfriend." And Queen Sugar's Brian Michael, who is trans, was cast as Pierce Williams, "a buttoned-up, fastidious, expert political strategist and a veteran of LA."
The L Word: Generation Q premieres on Showtime on December 8. Watch the latest trailer below.