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Darren Criss to star in, produce 1940s-era Netflix series

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Darren Criss is headed to Hollywood.

Hollywood is the title of the actor’s latest project, a Netflix series slated to debut in May 2020, Deadline reports. Criss will star in and executive produce the drama, teaming up with showrunner Ryan Murphy.  

In an interview with Deadline, Murphy said the show will examine Hollywood and the sex industry, and how “absolutely everything has changed and nothing has changed.” According to Variety, he has also referred to the show set in the 1940s as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.”

Murphy has previously worked on Netflix’s Ratched and The Politician. Hollywood will be his first original series for the streaming platform, although it won’t be his first collaboration with Criss. 

Murphy and Criss have worked together on projects including Glee, American Horror Story and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Criss earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in the latter. 

Criss shared the news on Instagram and Twitter, writing that the series was borne out of desire to do a “young and optimistic” period piece. He added that Hollywood was bought by Netflix just two days after Murphy and Criss came up with the idea. 

According to Deadline, principal photography for Hollywood began this summer. Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor are set to costar. 

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