Ryan Murphy likes a bit of glitz and glamor in his TV series – he played with the dark side of the two in his acclaimed series Quarrel and History of American crime. Now the writer and director tackles Tinseltown at his most glamorous with a new Netflix limited series Hollywood. The Netflix miniseries, co-created with frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, is a revisionist tribute to the golden age of Hollywood, following a group of actors who mingle with real and fictional movie stars in Hollywood after the Second World War. To see the Hollywood first look at the pictures below.
Hollywood First Look
Vivien Leigh, Joan Crawford, Rock Hudson, Hattie McDaniel, Anna May Wong. All real-life stars with their own real-life problems – some of which had already covered Murphy like in Crawford and Bette Davis-centric Quarrel – but given a revisionist touch Hollywood, Murphy’s latest lucrative deal under Netflix. What begins as a strict historical narrative becomes a mixture of fact and fiction that Murphy began to call “faction,” the creator told Vanity Fair.
Executive producer, screenwriter and director Janet Mock also said in a statement accompanying the release of the images at first glance (which you can see above), that this is a series that turns “an ambitious tale of what happens if: What if a group of strangers have had a chance to tell their own story? 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?
Some of these things we know – Rock Hudson was a closet gay man – but it will be interesting to see how these other revelations (real and fictional) unfold. Hollywood. The cast – which includes David Corenswet like Jack, Darren Criss like Raymond, Jeremy Pope like Archie, Laura Harrier like Camille, Samara Weaving like Claire, Dylan McDermott like Ernie, Holland Taylor like Ellen Kincaid, Patti LuPone as Avis, Jim Parsons like Henry Willson, Jake Picking like Rock Hudson, Joe Mantello like Dick, and Maude Apatow like Henrietta – definitely look at the part in the pictures above. But the strangest resemblance is Michelle Krusiec like Anna May Wong, with the Taiwanese-American actress proving to be a dead ring for the Asian-American icon.
Here is the synopsis of Hollywood:
A new limited series by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, HOLLYWOOD follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in Hollywood after World War II as they attempt to travel 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.
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