Book your flight to Los Angeles because Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood has a premiere date: The prolific producer’s new seven-episode limited series will debut May 1 on Netflix.
Murphy describes Hollywood as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown” and says the period drama will cover “several narratives from 1940s Hollywood.” He has also mentioned that it will explore what it was like to be a closeted star at the time.
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According to a new official description for the show, 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. 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.”
Last year it was announced that Darren Criss (American Crime Story), David Corenswet (The Politician), Jeremy Pope (Broadway’s Choir Boy), and Patti LuPone were cast in the project, as well as Dylan McDermott, Joe Mantello, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Maude Apatow, and Laura Harrier.
As NewNowNext previously reported, Jake Picking (pictured below), known for films like Patriots Day and Blockers, will play closeted heartthrob Rock Hudson, and Jim 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, denied rumors he had AIDS for a year, and died in 1985 from AIDS-related complications at the age of 59. Nancy Reagan famously denied his pleas for help gaining access to experimental HIV treatment.
Murphy is an executive producer of Hollywood with co-creator Ian Brennan, and Janet Mock will serve as a writer and director on the series.