Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy's Hollywood is ready for its close-up when it hits Netflix's red carpet on Friday, May 1, and now the show's creators and the streaming service have released the opening credits to the Janet Mock -written and directed series. Murphy is also giving back to Hollywood's legacy, screening the first three episodes for the residents on the Motion Picture & Television fund home over their in-house channel. The screening will also include an exclusive Q&A with the cast, with Netflix and Murphy each donating $100,000 to the industry hardship fund benefitting the MPTF (with the streaming service having previously donated $1 million to the MPTF).
Set in post-WWII Tinseltown, Hollywood follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers as each tries to achieve success. 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 series takes a very interesting "What If?" approach to the topics, one that considers how things might've been if those power dynamics didn't exist.
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For us, there are three main reasons why we're be tuning in. First, it's Ryan Murphy and so it's "In Murphy, We Trust." Second, it has that mix of alt-history and harsh historical reality that attracted me to Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Our last takeaway would be The Big Bang Theory alum Jim Parsons: in the few scenes we see him in, the actor is showing us a side to him that the award-winning sitcom could never present (and we're impressed).
Netflix's Hollywood stars David Corenswet as Jack Castello, Darren Criss as Raymond Ansley, Jeremy Pope as Archie Coleman, Patti LuPone as Avis Amberg, Laura Harrier as Camille Washington, Samara Weaving as Claire Wood, Dylan McDermott as Ernie, and Holland Taylor as Ellen Kincaid. In addition, the series also stars Jim Parsons as Henry Willson, Joe Mantello as Dick Samuels, Jake Picking as Rock Hudson, Queen Latifah as Hattie McDaniel, Michelle Krusiec as Anna May Wong, Maude Apatow as Henrietta, Mira Sorvino as Jeanne Crandall, Rob Reiner as Ace Amberg, Katie McGuinness as Vivian Leigh, and Harriet Harris as Eleanor Roosevelt.