Chase Sui Wonders has joined the cast of the upcoming Apple-produced series City on Fire, according to Variety. City on Fire is based on the book of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg. The book was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Wall Street Journal.
As the official synopsis reads, City on Fire follows the story of an NYU student Samantha Cicciaro, played by Wonders, who gets shot in Central Park on New Year’s Eve. She is alone; there are no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her friends’ band is playing her favorite downtown club, but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.
Wonders is best known for playing Riley, a popular student and budding photographer who explores her queerness, in the HBO Max series Generation+. She also appeared in the film On the Rocks alongside Rashida Jones and Bill Murray and in the HBO teen comedy series Betty. Her upcoming roles besides City on Fire include the film Bodies Bodies Bodies, alongside Lee Pace, Pete Davidson, and Amandla Stenberg. Wonders has also co-written and co-directed the film A Trivial Exclusion.
Recently, Wyatt Oleff (I Am Not Okay With This, It) was cast as the male lead of the series. Oleff will play Charlie, a friend of Samantha’s who is struggling to cope with the death of his father on 9/11 two years earlier. After she is shot, he stops at nothing to unravel the mystery of what happened.
City on Fire is written and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Looking for Alaska, The OC), with the duo also serving as co-showrunners. The series comes as Schwartz and Savage sign a first-look deal at Apple. They executive produce under their Fake Empire banner. Jesse Peretz will executive produce as well as direct the first two episodes of the first season while Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski will co-executive produce. The first season of the series will have eight episodes.
There has been no release date announced for the series, but the eight-episode first season will premiere globally on Apple TV+.
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