In Amazon’s new period drama “The Last Tycoon,” Emmy nominee Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart”) takes on a role first played by Robert DeNiro in a 1976 film: 1930s Hollywood producer Monroe Stahr. The character was created by F. Scott Fitzgerald for a novel that sat unfinished when he died in 1941. Fitzgerald had been inspired by the life Irving Thalberg, who was the head of production at MGM when he died at age 37 in 1936.
In this TV adaptation, studio head Pat Brady is played by Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer. His daughter, Celia, who becomes the object of Stahr’s affections, is rising star Lily Collins. Also featured in the cast are indie darling Rosemarie DeWitt as Brady’s wife Rose and Dominique McElligott as Stahr’s current love Kathleen Moore.
Amazon describes the series thus: “In a world darkened by the Great Depression and the growing international influence of Hitler’s Germany, The Last Tycoon illuminates the passions, violence, and towering ambition of 1930’s Hollywood.”
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) adapted the Fitzgerald novel and is also overseeing the production. Two years ago, he wrote and directed the English remake of the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian film “Secret in Their Eyes.” He helmed the pilot, which is currently streaming, and several of the eight new episodes which will all be available on July 28.