Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix series Hollywood, which looks at 1940s Tinseltown, has cast Jake Picking as Rock Hudson who will play the main protagonist according to W Magazine. Jim Parsons will play Hudson’s agent Henry Willson.
They join recently added Holland Taylor (who will work with Murphy for the first time, and is partners with Murphy’s uber-muse Sarah Paulson), David Corenswet (The Politician), Jeremy Pope (Pose), and Patti LuPone.
Deadline drops the info that Corenswet, Pope, and Criss will play the three main characters, which seems obvious as all three will also receive Executive Producer credits as well.
“Hudson, with his square jaw and beefcake build, emerged as a major leading man in the 1950s, winning polls as it’s most popular by the end of the decade. Though, through it all he was forced to hide his homosexuality. Hudson was just a kid named Roy Harold Scherer Jr. who had moved to Southern California after a stint in the Navy to live with his biological father and chase stardom. He wasn’t particularly successful at first, and even worked as a truck driver, but eventually caught a break when he sent his picture to talent agent Willson. Willson has worked and schmoozed his way through Hollywood at first as a gossip writer and then as a talent scout. He had helped to launch the career of Lana Turner, but became widely known for shepherding the career of young actors with “beefcake” appeal. Of course, many of (but not all of) his clients were secretly gay, bisexual or otherwise “heteroflexible,” and of whom Willson exploited for sexual favors. Inside Hollywood, just about everyone knew what was up, but Willson worked hard to keep it out of the gossip columns. Hudson would become Willson’s biggest success, and later in his career when a tabloid threatened to out Hudson, Willson instead offered up to essentially out another of his clients, Tab Hunter, instead,” says W.