With Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy's Hollywood set to make its debut on Netflix this Friday, May 1, viewers have already been treated to the opening credits to the series. Now, viewers are getting a better look at our cast of dreamers in a clip that's done' as if it was test footage from an audition for Life. Following that, we get a double handful of innuendo as we learn that some of our dreamers are more than willing to be of service. 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.
Just from the trailer alone, there were a number of reasons why we needed to add this series to our "must watch" lists. It's Ryan Murphy and so it's "In Murphy, We Trust." It also has that mix of alt-history and harsh historical reality that turned Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood into one of the favorite movies from last year. But its what we've seen of The Big Bang Theory alum Jim Parsons that has the most intrigued. In the few scenes we've seen so far, the actor is showing us a side that the award-winning sitcom would never and could never present, and so far 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.