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Watch the trailer for Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix drama, Hollywood

The American Horror Story creator is back with a series set in the post-WW2 ‘Golden Age’ of film

Netflix has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s forthcoming drama, Hollywood, which is set to premiere on the platform on May 1.

Co-created with writer Ian Brennan (who worked on Glee with Murphy), the seven-part series follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers as they try to make it in post-WW2 Hollywood – AKA the ‘Golden Age’ of film.

The trailer opens at the Golden Tip gas station, where viewers hear the owner telling an employee: “This town’s all about dreams, and some of my customers don’t just come here for gas.” The show looks set to be based on journalist Scotty Bowers’ account of working in a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard that ‘serviced’ celebrities, as the trailer then shows the new employee receiving the password – “dreamland”, obvs – before taking a ride (in more ways than one) with a customer.

As the clip goes on, we meet a number of characters desperate to “take the script of Hollywood and give it a rewrite”. The show presents an alternative version of history in which people of colour are accepted in Hollywood. Executive producer and director Janet Mock said in a press release: “We turned to the past for direction, uncovering buried history to spin an aspirational tale of what ifs: What if the person with greenlight power was a woman? The screenwriter was a black man? The matinee idol openly gay? And what if they were all invited into the room where the decisions are made, their place in history cemented.”

Hollywood stars Queen Latifah, Patti LuPone, Darren Criss (American Crime Story), David Corenswet (The Politician), Jeremy Pope, Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman), Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Jake Picking (Patriots Day), Michelle Krusiec, Joe Mantello, and Maude Apatow (Assassination Nation). 

Hollywood is Murphy’s third show for Netflix, following The Politician and Ratched, and comes after the creation of his wildly successful series’, American Horror Story and American Crime Story. Watch the trailer below.

Hollywood will be available on Netflix on May 1.