The last time that Darren Criss teamed up with his former Glee boss, it was award winning. We are still reeling from the tour de force that was The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Well prepare to have you mind blown yet again and see yet another side of the very versatile Criss in Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix offering, Hollywood.
As to be expected with a production that has Murphy and Criss’ names attached to it – not to mention other Murphy stalwarts such as Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), David Corenswet (The Politician), Patti LuPone (Life Goes On, Pose), Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart) – there has been a bit of Hollywood buzz about this limited series since it was first announced last year. Luckily we don’t have THAT long to wait till we can immerse ourselves in the Golden Years of Hollywood. The series will drop on the streaming service on Friday May 1. We suggest you block that day out (or the day after for us in Australia and Europe.
Set in 1940s Tinseltown, Hollywood will chronicle the lives of a number of Hollywood hopefuls trying to score their major break. “Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day,” states the official description. With its poster tagline reading: “What if you could rewrite the story?” This promises to be a very interesting look into the Hollywood we think we know and love.
Joining the ever-expanding Murphy players with this series (also from frequent Murphy collaborator Ian Brennan – Glee, Scream Queens) are Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) and Jake Picking (Chasing Life), with Mira Sorvino (Modern Family), Maude Apatow (Euphoria) and Rob Reiner (All in the Family, New Girl) guest-starring.
Check out the seven-episode series from May 1 on Netflix.