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Darren Criss Will Star in Ryan Murphy’s First Netflix Original Series

Last week we knew a bit more about the first slew of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix original productions. Now, we start to know some specific details. Frequent Murphy collaborator, Darren Criss will star and produce ‘Hollywood’, Murphy’s first original series with Netflix.

“Honored to say that I’m heading back to the House of Murphy where I’ll be starring in but also executive producing HOLLYWOOD with Time’s King of Television,” Criss wrote on an Instagram post.

“Late last year, [Ryan Murphy] and I had dinner where he shared that he wanted to do a period piece that was young and optimistic. We landed on the idea of a series covering several narratives from 1940s Hollywood. We both left that evening feeling super excited about its potential. Two days later Netflix bought it. Not only is that a testament to the magic of Ryan Murphy, it’s a reminder of the kind of thing that can only happen in Hollywood…literally. Limited Series coming to [Netflix] May 2020.”

Holland Taylor and Patti LuPone will also star in the show. Murphy described ‘Hollywood’ as a “love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.” It’ll be his first Netflix original show under the exclusivity deal he signed with the company.

Murphy previously announced that the Ian Brennan co-created project had been ordered straight-to-series in an Instagram post in February, calling it “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.” The show will be set in Hollywood in the 40s and has a May 2020 streaming date.

Criss is one of the most frequent collaborators of Murphy. The role that brought him to stardom was his ‘Glee’ role, and he also participated in ‘American Horror Story’ and most recently in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ which earned him his first Emmy and Golden Globe Award for best actor in a limited series.

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