After shows like Feud and Hollywood, Ryan Murphy is once again going back in time with Halston. The limited Netflix series follows the legendary fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, portrayed here by Ewan McGregor, as he builds a worldwide fashion empire that defined the 1970s and ‘80s New York lifestyle before a hostile takeover forces him out of his own fashion house. Here’s everything to know about the buzzy new series.
Ahead of the series’ worldwide in May, Netflix released a red band trailer set to a version of “Enjoy the Silence,” the 1990 song by Depeche Mode. “I have a vision. I’m going to change the face of American fashion,” McGregor can be heard saying as the designer before the extended look at the series gives audiences a very NSFW preview of the drugs and sex that became synonymous with Halston’s life and career.
Earlier, on what would have been Halston’s 89th birthday, the streaming service also shared Warhol-inspired polaroids of the cast that captured the Studio 54 era of that time.
Ewan McGregor and Krysta Rodriguez in Halston
Ewan McGregor as Halston and Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli
In an interview for Vogue, Murphy said that the Star Wars actor “was, to us, the only choice. The thing that Ewan got about Halston was that Halston had a vision in his mind of who he wanted to be in life. He was self-created.”
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old actress, perhaps best known for Smash, is the latest person to bring the longtime, Oscar-winning actress to life on the small screen. Kelli Barrett mostly recently appeared as Minnelli in Fosse/Verdon.
Rebecca Dayan in Halston
Rebecca Dayan as Elsa Peretti
The French actress will portray the late Italian jewelry designer and a model known as a Halstonette, one of the designer’s fashion muses.
Gian Rodriguez in Halston
Gian Franco Rodriguez as Victor Hugo
The Venezuelan actor portrays Halston’s partner and model who eventually became one of Andy Warhol’s assistants at The Factory.
David Pittu in Halston
David Pittu as Joe Eula
The working actor who has appeared in various Law & Order spin-offs appears as the American fashion illustrator known for being a creative director at Halston.
Rory Culkin in Halston
Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher
Culkin takes on the famously outspoken movie director who got his start in the ‘70s as a costume designer.
Not pictured, but rounding out the cast, is Vera Farmiga as Adele; Bill Pullman as David Mahoney, a renowned philanthropist and corporate giant, who made headlines when he acquired Halston’s brand in the ‘70s; Sullivan Jones as Ed Austin, an assistant buyer who became one of Halston’s sex partners; Kelly Bishop as Eleanor Lambert, the prominent American fashion publicist.
Halston, which was created and directed by Daniel Minahan, who also serves as executive producer alongside McGregor, Murphy, Ian Brennan, Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Sharr White, as well as Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films, premieres Friday, May 14 on Netflix.