What if the people who were on the margins got to write the mainstream narratives? What if? That's the question at the center of Ryan Murphy's new Netflix show Hollywood. And with a trailer that dropped today, it's clear that its a Hollywood we want to live in.
The show is a seven-episode series that drops May 1. The trailer shows off some of our (and Murphy's) favorite TV talents like Darren Criss, Patti LuPone, Queen Latifah, Jim Parsons, Samara Weaving and more. Jeremy Pope plays Archie Colman an aspiring writer, hoping to do some of the rewriting. As a Black character, and from what we can tell gay — Coleman is pictured in a white dinner suit holding hands with another man on what seems to be a red carpet, — it's a pretty rousing basis for the show that sees the sort of high, glossy drama we've come to expect from a Murphy production. Jake Picking plays as the legendary Rock Hudson, sure to spice up a few episodes.
The trailer delivers a few laughs — "You're colored," one character says bluntly to Coleman after meeting him. "I love it," she finishes before kissing him on the mouth. There are also a few sex scenes, both opposite and same-sex. But, as always with Murphy, there's a little extra.
"It ain't about whether you win or lose," Latifah says as Hattie McDaniel. "What's important is being in the room."
Speaking of rooms: it, of course, wasn't just Murphy in the writer's room and directors chair for this project. Frequent collaborator Janet Mock is also credited as writer, producer, and director for the series.