Netflix’s Hollywood Might Just Help Us Through Quarantine

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Hollywood, 2020.Saeed Adyani / Courtesy of Netflix

Last month, coronavirus ground the film industry to a grinding halt, but happily, in just two weeks, Hollywood will still be going to Netflix. The streaming service released the first (very long) trailer this morning for Ryan Murphy’s forthcoming post-World War II Los Angeles movie-making drama. Hollywood looks sweeping, glitzy, funny, and sentimental based on the trailer in other words, like a perfect view of self-isolation.

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,” Netflix’s synopsis reads.“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.”

Hollywood, 2020.Saeed Adyani / Courtesy of Netflix

The trailer provides a glimpse of some of these characters and their hardships, including the young actor Jack Castello (David Corenswet), a Missouri farm boy turned WWII Serviceman. Jeremy Pope plays Archie Coleman who, despite being both black and gay in the 1940s, is trying to make it as a screenwriter. Darren Criss, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Laura Harrier, and Ready or Not’s Samara Weaving even play silver-screen fantasy characters of their own.

Hollywood, 2020.Saeed Adyani / Courtesy of Netflix

It all has the Hail vibe, Caesar! It’s all Ryan Murphy’s take on the Golden Age of Hollywood instead of the Coen brothers. And fortunately for everyone that’s been burnt one too many times by American Horror Story, this limited series seems to bring out the best of Murphy’s talents so, more like American Crime Story.

Hollywood is the second Netflix series of Murphy as part of its big $300 million streamer deal (the first was The Politictian, a cute, polarizing mess). The new series is set to premiere on May 1.


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