Almost a year-to-the-day since Ryan Murphy first announced Hollywood, the writer-producer-director (and a whole bunch of other talents too numerous to list) has released the official poster art for his and Ian Brennan's (Glee) upcoming seven-episode limited Netflix series.
With Janet Mock writing and directing and a May 1 premiere date, the series follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-WWII Tinseltown as each tries to achieve success. While it's set to address the studio system's inherent biases across race, gender, and sexuality – biases that exist to this day – it also takes a sort of "What If?" perspective that looks at how things might've been if those power dynamics didn't exist.
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.
Netflix's Hollywood stars David Corenswet (The Politician) as Jack (a cross between Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and James Dean), Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) as Raymond, Jeremy Pope as Archie, Patti LuPone as Avis, Laura Harrier as Camille, Samara Weaving as Claire, Dylan McDermott as Ernie, Holland Taylor as Ellen Kincaid, Jim Parsons as Henry Willson, Joe Mantello as Dick, and Jake Picking as real-life Hollywood star Rock Hudson.
The news comes after Murphy released an early promo video for Ewan McGregor's turn as the '70s fashion designer in 2021's limited series Halston – and almost a year after he initially announced the project, writing in an Instagram post:
"'Hollywood' — my new Netflix show co-created with Ian Brennan — begins principal photography this summer. A love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown, this straight-to-series production will be my third show for Netflix and I couldn't be more excited or proud about the work we are doing together."