HBO is taking us right to the soccer pitch with the newly-released, official trailer for the three-part docuseries Angel City which tells the story of the first season for the Angel City Football Club. The series is directed by Arlene Nelson (Gutsy) and executive produced by Academy Award®-winners Natalie Portman, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and Jimmy Chin along with Sophie Mas, Anna Barnes, and Christine O’Malley.
According to the series’ official synopsis: Angel City is a captivating docuseries that goes behind the scenes and onto the pitch of the groundbreaking Los Angeles-based professional women’s soccer team, Angel City Football Club (ACFC). Founded in September 2020 by actor Natalie Portman, venture capitalist Kara Nortman and gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, ACFC breaks the mold by being the largest majority female ownership group in professional sports and includes 14 former US Women’s National Team players as investors. The series pulls back the curtain on the origin story through the 2022 inaugural season, and candidly reveals the passion and grit needed to build a franchise from scratch. While the athletes and coaching staff contend with training facility challenges and unexpected injuries, the club is tasked with filling the stadium and proving to the world that you can lead with passion and purpose and still turn a profit. As philosophies are debated and performance expectations aren’t met, the club must cope with the growing pains of a startup, begging the question: can this new ACFC model succeed both on and off the pitch?
Angel City debuts on Tuesday, May 16 (9 pm ET/PT), followed by the additional two episodes on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18. The series will also be available to stream on HBO Max.
In part one, “Brick by Brick,” Natalie Portman, Kara Nortman, and Julie Uhrman begin the process of building Angel City Football Club from the ground up ahead of its first season. The second part, “Running with the Angels,” the club kicks off their inaugural season, riding high on their early season results only to deal with a devastating injury. “It’s Who We Are” is the fighting for a playoff spot while also facing the challenges of making additions to their roster.
Watch the full trailer below: