Things have been relatively quiet on the Darren Criss front for a lot of this year. However, given his 2018 you couldn’t blame him for wanting to take some time out. While there have been plenty of rumoured projects abounding over the year and his popped up with a number of smaller projects (Taco Bell commercial and the “Crash Into Me” collaboration with Steve Aoki for example), the next few months are going to see a number of these projects come to fruition.
First up Criss’ episode of ACTIVATE: The Global Citizen Movement – “Ending Plastic Pollution” airs October 3. Days later we have the 5th year of Elsie Fest – his outdoor Broadway festival celebrating the songs and stars of stage and screen. That takes place in New York City’s Central Park on October 5. November sees the release of his Roland Emmerich directed World War II epic Midway. His musical comedy series Royalties, in which he not only stars but is also executive producer and writer, is currently in production and will drop on new mobile-content service Quibi early next year. Then Friday (September 6) saw confirmation that Criss was teaming up again with Ryan Murphy and had joined the team of his new Netflix series Hollywood.
Ever since the Murphy-Netflix deal was made, there had been speculation that Criss – who has starred in Murphy productions Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story – would find a place within one of the new Netflix offerings. This was further cemented following an Instagram post by Murphy in November last year when he captioned a photo of Criss, Cody Fern (American Crime Story and American Horror Story) and Finn Wittrock (The Normal Heart, American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Ratched) “Cooking up something good for these three…”
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However, all went quiet until Murphy’s interview with TIME last week, when talk of Criss and Hollywood once again started up. This was then confirmed Friday in a post by Criss himself. However, in surprising news, though consistent with Murphy’s Netflix work with some of his major players (Sarah Paulson), Criss is not only starring in Hollywood, but is also an executive producer.
“Honored to say that I’m heading back to the House of Murphy where I’ll be starring in but also executive producing HOLLYWOOD with Time’s King of Television,” Criss started his Instagram post with before outlining how he came to be involved in the series.
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Honored to say that I’m heading back to the House of Murphy where I’ll be starring in but also executive producing HOLLYWOOD with Time’s King of Television. Late last year, @mrrpmurphy and I had dinner where he shared that he wanted to do a period piece that was young and optimistic. We landed on the idea of a series covering several narratives from 1940s Hollywood. We both left that evening feeling super excited about its potential. Two days later Netflix bought it. Not only is that a testament to the magic of Ryan Murphy, it’s a reminder of the kind of thing that can only happen in Hollywood…literally. Limited Series coming to @netflix May 2020.
Described as a “look at Hollywood and the sex industry, and how absolutely everything has changed and nothing has changed”, very little is none about the series which was co-created with Glee and Scream Queens collaborator Ian Brennan. The only other confirmed casting is Holland Taylor and Patti LuPone. Pretty impressive line-up so far, but it’s the caliber of talent we’ve to expect from a Murphy production. There’s no word on who Criss, Taylor or LuPone will play.
With Criss’ involvement confirmed, is it likely that any of other rumoured cast – Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart), David Corenswet (The Politician), Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart) and Broadway’s Jeremy Pope – will also be announced any time soon?
Hollywood is set to drop on Netflix May next year. Once again there are plenty of upcoming projects to get excited for if you’re a Criss fan and we’re definitely excited for the next few months.
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