‘The Eddy’ Trailer: Damien Chazelle Opens The Doors To His Netflix Jazz Club Drama

Bright lights, big city, and the sounds of the Paris jazz scene fill the latest trailer for Damien Chazelle’s series, The Eddy. Featuring original music by Glen Ballard and Randy Kerber, it’s exactly the kind of thing one might expect from a collaboration between Netflix and the director of Whiplash and La La Land.

Starring Andre Holland, Joanna Kulig, Tahar Rahim, Leïla Bekhti, Amandla Stenberg, Melissa George, Adil Dehbi, Benjamin Biolay, Tchéky Karyo, and Sopico, The Eddy follows a jazz pianist from New York City who runs the titular struggling nightclub in Paris. He’ll deal with a complicated on again/off again relationship with his girlfriend, a shady business partner, and the return of his daughter into his life.

Jack Thorne (Wonder) wrote and created the series, with Chazelle directing. The Eddy hits Netflix on May 8th, and I can’t wait. It reminds me of when Netflix gave Baz Luhrmann room to cut loose (perhaps too much room) on The Get Down, and I hope Chazelle gets the same freedom.

SYNOPSIS: Directed by Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Emmy Award® winner Alan Poul (Tales of the City), Houda Benyamina (Divines) and Laïla Marrakchi (Le Bureau des Légendes), the Netflix original series THE EDDY is an eight-episode drama that takes place in the vibrant multicultural neighborhoods of modern-day Paris. Once a celebrated jazz pianist in New York, Elliot Udo (André 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.

Travis Hopson
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