Hooray! Netflix has released the first official photos of Hollywood, a new limited series created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan.
Murphy has described Hollywood as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown,” adding that the period drama will cover “several narratives from 1940s Hollywood,” specifically exploring what it was like to be a closeted movie star at the time.
David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Jeremy Pope, Samara Weaving, Laura Harrier, Jim Parsons, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, Patti LuPone, Joe Mantello, and Jake Picking are among the series regulars. Notable guest stars include Maude Apatow, Mira Sorvino, and Rob Reiner.
As previously reported, Picking, known for films like Patriots Day and Blockers, will play closeted heartthrob Rock Hudson. Parsons will play Henry Willson, the talent agent who discovered the Oscar-nominated Giant hunk; Willson was the subject of the 2005 biography The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson.
A leading man in the ’50s and ’60s, Hudson starred in films such as Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and Pillow Talk. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1984 and died the following year from AIDS-related complications at the age of 59. Nancy Reagan famously denied his pleas for help gaining access to experimental HIV treatment.
Hollywood “follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown—no matter the cost,” according to an official synopsis. “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.” The seven-episode series also “exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if they had been dismantled.”
“With the present so fraught and the future uncertain, we turned to the past for direction, uncovering buried history to spin an aspirational tale of what ifs,” says Hollywood writer, director, and executive producer Janet Mock in a statement. “What if a band of outsiders were given a chance to tell their own story? What if the person with greenlight power was a woman? The screenwriter a black man? What if the heroine was a woman of color? The matinee idol openly gay? And what if they were all invited into the room where the decisions are made, entering fully and unapologetically themselves to leave victorious and vaunted, their place in history cemented.”
See more Hollywood photos below.
Murphy’s other upcoming Netflix projects include Ratched, a second season of The Politician, and star-studded film adaptations of Broadway hits The Prom and The Boys in the Band.
Hollywood premieres May 1 on Netflix.