Netflix has released the trailer for its next original series ‘Hollywood’, which is slated to drop on the streaming platform on 1st May. The trailer is peppy, upbeat and cheerful — the perfect foil for the dark and depraved reality of Hollywood that it brings to the fore in an unrelenting, no-holds-barred take on the film industry.
The trailer offers ample glimpse into what the series is like, as it lingers on the sleazy and the salacious aspects of Hollywood – shining on the outside but a sham on the inside – a sham that its citizenry takes great pain to brush under the carpet — the racial discrimination; the adultery, sex and the casting couch; the fragile personalities; the enormous egos — everything glossed over by the inflated luminescence of the arclights.
‘Hollywood’ is a tantalising mix of fact and fiction, with real-life characters tossed into the narrative with reel-life ones. The story is set in the backdrop of a gas station run by a failed actor Ernie (Dylan McDermott). The gas station is but a respectable front for a decidedly disreputable job – Ernie’s gas station boys double up as toy boys for the loaded folks of Hollywood, one of whom even manages to snag a back door entry into the glitzy world courtesy of his charms, to become one of the glitterati.
Along the way, the series touches upon real incidents that took place in post-World War II Hollywood, in the 40s.
Per Netflix, “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. 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 7-episode series is the creation of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. It stars Darren Criss, Samara Weaving, Holland Taylor, David Corenswet, Jim Parsons, Patti LuPone, Jake Picking, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Jeremy Pope, Maude Apatow and Mira Sorvino.
Hollywood arrives on Netflix on 1st May. Check out the trailer below