Amazon is going back to the golden age.
The Last Tycoon, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name, is one of two captivating new pilots premiering on June 17 as part of Amazon Studios’ now-seasoned pilot release process (the other: The Interestings, based on the book by Meg Wolitzer). Today, EW has an exclusive first look at the promising period piece, which comes from director Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips).
The series stars Matt Bomer as a wunderkind movie producer and Kelsey Grammer as his ferocious boss, studio chief Pat Brady. Together, the duo are determined to turn Hollywood’s studio system on its head, in a tale loosely based on real-life MGM moguls Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg.
Bomer plays Monroe Stahr, a fast-rising film whisperer who’s hard at work on a biopic about his recently deceased wife, Minna. In EW’s clip, it’s easy to see that those old wounds are still at play whenever Stahr takes a step outside — and especially so when there’s a photograph of him cradling a new moll.
The Last Tycoon also stars Lily Collins as Brady’s ambitious daughter, Cecelia, who has a tendency to hang around Monroe. The show premieres on Amazon on June 17.