Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan Offer View of Hollywood That Could've Been

Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy's Hollywood is ready for its walk down the red carpet to what it's hoping is a sea of paparazzi and well-wishers looking for its autograph when it makes its Netflix debut next month. So to get everyone up-to-speed, the streaming service has unveiled an official trailer for the seven-episode limited series. Set to premiere on May 1 with Janet Mock writing and directing, the series follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-WWII Tinseltown as each tries to achieve success. Set to address the studio system's inherent biases across race, gender, and sexuality – biases that exist to this day – it also takes a "What If?" approach that considers how things might've been if those power dynamics didn't exist.

Jim Parsons stars in Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan's Hollywood, courtesy of Netflix.
Jim Parsons stars in Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan's Hollywood, courtesy of Netflix.

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. Our three biggest takeaways from the trailer are the three biggest reasons why we'll be tuning in. First, it's Murphy and "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 definitely 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 (The Politician) as Jack Castello (a cross between Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and James Dean), Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) 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, Holland Taylor as Ellen Kincaid, 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. Earlier this year, Murphy formally announced another trip back through pop culture time by releasing an early promo video for Ewan McGregor's turn as the '70s fashion designer in 2021's limited series Halston – a year after he initially announced the project.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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