The video, featuring Fisher performing the song in a recording studio, is cut together with footage from the LGBTQ drama, written by Dustin Lance Black and directed in part by Gus Van Sant. As Fisher sings, “I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do, so I leave it up to you,” the video tracks a historic timeline through the assassination of LGBTQ rights leader Harvey Milk, the AIDS epidemic, and the fight for same-sex marriage.
Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael K. Williams, and Ivory Aquino are among the cast of When We Rise, which chronicles the struggles, losses, and triumphs of LGBTQ people fighting for civil rights in America. Black and Van Sant previously worked together on Milk, the Oscar-winning biopic of Harvey Milk.
“Music has a unique, magical ability to transport us through time and space… the ability to remind us how we once felt and help us feel again,” Black said in a statement. “When We Rise asks viewers to travel through four and half decades in only eight hours using their hearts as guides. Music made it possible for us to move that fast and still feel as deeply as these stories demand. So how did we choose which songs? I asked myself: ‘What songs from the past will instantly transport us in time and help our audience land in the heart of the story?'”
“Honored to be a part of #WhenWeRise,” Fisher tweeted after the show’s track list was announced.
Watch Fisher’s music video above, and check out the track list for When We Rise below.
“I’d Love to Change the World” — Jordan Fisher
“California” — Fancy
“Tie Your Mother Down” — Brandi Carlile
“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” — Justin Sams / Eve Nelson
“Good Times” feat. Christine Aprile — Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
“Thinking of You” — Austin McKenzie
“Wonderwall” — Zella Day
“Oh Happy Day” — Ruby Amanfu feat. Prado
“I’d Love To Change The World” — Shea Diamond
“When We Rise Suite” — Danny Elfman and Chris Bacon
The two-hour premiere of When We Rise airs Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.