Queen Latifah will play history-making Black actress Hattie McDaniel in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix series, Hollywood. The limited series drops May 1 on Netflix. Latifah will appear in a couple of episodes.

Hollywood reimagines the 1940s film industry as diverse, rewriting the story as what could have been. The official description reads: HOLLYWOOD follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood‘s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day.  Provocative and incisive, HOLLYWOOD exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if they had been dismantled.

Characters in the series are an assortment composites and real-life figures. The series’ ensemble cast includes Tony nominee Jeremy Pope and Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman). It also stars David Corensewet, Darren Criss, Samara Weaving, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, Patti LuPone, Jim Parsons, Jake Picking, Joe Mantello and Maude Apatow.


‘Hollywood’: Jeremy Pope And Laura Harrier To Star In Upcoming Ryan Murphy Netflix Series


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