There are only a couple of things you need to know before watching the trailer for “Halston.” First, Ewan McGregor is acting his heart out and you can tell that this is going to be a series that will have folks talking about him for a while. And second, this is a Ryan Murphy production, so expect a very slick, stylish, colorful series. But any prior knowledge about the actual Halston is not required, as the trailer even gives you the most basic premise.
As seen in the footage, “Halston” tells the story of the title man, a renowned fashion designer from the ‘70s and ‘80s (if you didn’t realize this was at least partially set in the ‘80s, the Depeche Mode song probably gave it away, right?). Halston, much like other geniuses and artistic types, had a very interesting life, from his rise to fame, thanks in no small part to his muse/friend Liza Minnelli, and the excess that comes with being a fashion icon in the era of Studio 54 and rampant drug use. And since this is a Ryan Murphy-produced series about a fashion designer, you better believe the show has style for days, as each costume is so clearly perfectly chosen.
Joining McGregor in the cast are Krysta Rodriguez, Rebecca Dayan, Bill Pullman, Gian Franco Rodriguez, David Pittu, Sullivan Jones, Rory Culkin, Kelly Bishop, and Vera Farmiga. And for those that are familiar with Murphy productions, the lack of Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and other actors from his troupe is a bit startling. However, this could also be a hint at how different this series might be from his other shows such as “American Horror Story,” “Hollywood,” and “Ratched.” “Halston is directed by Daniel Minahan.
“Halston” debuts on Netflix on May 14. You can watch the Depeche Mode-flavored trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
The limited series Halston follows the legendary fashion designer (Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, 1970’s and ‘80’s New York — until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset… the name Halston itself. The series is Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Alexis Martin Woodall, Daniel Minahan, Ewan McGregor, Eric Kovtun, Sharr White, and Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films. Minahan also serves as the series director.