Netflix has released a teaser trailer for its limited series The Eddy, which was co-directed by Damien Chazelle. The latter has quickly made a name for himself since he directed his second feature – 2014's Whiplash, a dramatic thriller (based on Chazelle's short) starring J.K. Simmons in an Oscar winning role as a perfection-obsessed jazz instructor at a prestigious conservatory. Chazelle would go on to garner even more acclaim – plus a Best Director Oscar – for La La Land, his 2016 musical about the romance between an aspiring actress and jazz pianist in modern-day Los Angeles. Four years later, Chazelle is back with yet another jazz music project in the form of The Eddy.
Created by Jack Thorne (the writer of the BBC and HBO's His Dark Materials TV series adaptation), The Eddy stars André Holland as a former New York jazz pianist who now owns a struggling club in present-day Paris. Chazelle directed the first two episodes in the eight-part limited series, with Houda Benyamina (Divines), Laïla Marrakchi (Rock the Casbah), and Alan Poul (The Newsroom) helming the additional episodes. You can watch the show's teaser, below.
The trailer is composed of a single-take shot that follows Holland through the bustling Parisian nightlife as he makes his way to his club, only to encounter his teen daughter, Julie (Amandla Stenberg), waiting for him near the entrance. It's an excellent tease of what to expect from The Eddy, not only in terms of its style, but the way it promises to bring its multicultural setting to vivid and rhythmic life. In that sense, The Eddy harkens back to Chazelle's feature debut on the micro-budgeted 2009 black and white musical, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, and the way it too used jazz to tell a relatable human story. Here's hoping the actual show is as exciting as it sounds on paper.
Here's the official synopsis for The Eddy: Once a celebrated jazz pianist in New York, Elliot Udo (Holland) is now the co-owner of struggling club The Eddy, where he manages the house band fronted by lead singer and on-again-off-again girlfriend Maja (Joanna Kulig). As Elliot learns that his business partner Farid (Tahar Rahim) may be involved in some questionable practices at the club, secrets begin to come to light that have also been concealed from Farid’s wife Amira (Leïla Bekhti), and when Elliot’s troubled teenage daughter Julie (Amandla Stenberg) suddenly arrives in Paris to live with him, his personal and professional worlds quickly start to unravel as he confronts his past, fighting to save the club and protect those closest to him.
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