“With the present so heavy and the future uncertain, we turned to the past to find a direction, discovering the buried history to shoot an ambitious story of what would happen,” said executive producer, screenwriter and director Janet Mock. “What if a group of strangers can tell their own stories?” What if the person with the green light power was a woman? The screenwriter a black man? What if the heroine was a woman of color? The openly gay morning idol? What if they were all invited into the room where decisions are made, entering themselves fully and shamelessly to leave victorious and vaunted, their place in cemented history? “
She concluded: ” Hollywood is a love letter to our little industrial town where dreamers live, stars are born and magic transcends reality. “
Hollywood, which Murphy co-created with his Joy, Scream queens and The politician collaborator Ian Brennan, is produced by the couple, with Mock and Alexis Martin Woodall; Murphy, Brennan and Mock are the writers.
The limited series returns to Hollywood after World War II to follow a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers trying to get to Tinseltown – no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the golden curtain of Hollywood’s golden age, highlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, sex and sexuality that continue to this day. Provocative and incisive, Hollywood exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if it were dismantled.
In the drama of the period – which presents a mixture of fictional and real characters – is David Corenswet like Jack, Darren Criss like Raymond, Jeremy Pope like Archie, Laura Harrier like Camille, Samara Weaving like Claire, Dylan McDermott like Ernie, Hollande Taylor like Ellen Kincaid, Patti LuPone like Avis, Jim Parsons like Henry Willson, Jake Picking like Rock Hudson, Joe Mantello like Dick and Maude Apatow like Henrietta.
The images at first glance present the core group of aspiring actors and filmmakers – Raymond (Criss), Archie (Pope), Jack (Corenswet) and Rock Hudson (Picking) in one shot (above), with Claire (Weaving) and Camille (Harrier)) in another – and the big studio wigs, agents and bosses who have the power to decide their fate: Avis (LuPone), Ellen Kincaid (Taylor), Dick (Mantello ), Ernie (McDermott) and Henry Wilson (Parsons).
Hollywood premieres on May 1 on Netflix. See the first photos below.