Last Tycoon

Hollywood's glamorous, cruel beginnings

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BY: Zak Wojnar

The Last Tycoon was the fifth and final novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Unfinished at the time of his death in 1940, it was published posthumously in 1941. Over the years, Fitzgerald’s first-hand take on Old Hollywood studio executives and their cutthroat business practices has been adapted into stage plays and a 1973 film version starring Robert DeNiro and directed by Elia Kazan. The latest iteration of the classic story comes to us courtesy of Amazon.

The stunningly handsome Matt Bomer stars as Monroe Stahr, a young, ambitious  film producer, and Kelsey Grammer plays Pat Brady, the older, more jaded studio head. Brady’s upstart daughter, Cecelia (Lily Collins, as ravishing as ever) saunters onto the scene and upsets the apple cart by threatening the status of Stahr’s lover Kathleen (Dominique McElligott of House of Cards and Hell on Wheels). You see, Cecelia is a regular chip off the old Brady block, so to speak, and she’s dangerously in love with Stahr.

The trailer for the show promises romance, intrigue, and classic Hollywood glitz and glamour with an undercurrent of film noir foreboding and claustrophobic intimacy. We’ll find out what surprises The Last Tycoon holds in store for viewers when the show launches on Amazon Streaming on July 28.