Rock Hudson Is New to Tinseltown in First Trailer for Netflix’s “Hollywood”

Hooray for "Hollywood!"

History gets a rewrite in the first trailer for Hollywood, the latest Netflix project from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan.

Murphy has previously 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.

We’ve already seen official photos, and now we get to see the star-studded cast in action in the new preview for the limited series, which drops on May 1.


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 NewNowNext 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.

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,” Hollywood writer, director, and executive producer Janet Mock said in a media 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.”

Get ready to be taken to Dreamland in the Hollywood trailer below.

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