Out gay actress Amandla Stenberg will take the lead role in The Eddy, a new musical Netflix drama from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, Deadline reports.
Stenberg will play Julie, a teenager who shows up in Paris to find her father, Elliott, played by Moonlight’s Andre Holland. The Eddy is an eight-part musical drama set in contemporary, multicultural Paris and will feature dialogue in English, French, and Arabic. The show will revolve around a club, its owner, the band and the city around it. The series is set to premiere in 2020.
The series has a lot of talent behind the scenes, including Oscar winner Damien Chazelle, Emmy winner Alan Poul, BAFTA and Tony-winning Jack Thorne, who will write some episodes. Grammy-winning musician Glen Ballard, who produced and co-wrote Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill has written songs for the band.
Stenberg came out as gay in 2018, two years after she first came out as bisexual. “Yep, I’m Gay,” Stenberg told singer King Princess, who conducted the interview for Wonderland magazine. “I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realized that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women.”
Stenberg recently starred in The Hate U Give as well as the interracial Nazi romance drama Where Hands Touch, which caught backlash on Twitter after its streaming release.
The Eddy is one of two projects by Chazelle coming to streaming. Though few details are yet known, Chazelle also sold a film to Apple as part of its streaming platform AppleTV+.