Netflix has shared our first substantive look at Oscar-winning First Man, La La Land and Whiplash filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s TV debut, the multi-lingual limited series The Eddy. The streamer has shared the musical drama’s first teaser and key art to mark its world premiere at the Berlinale Series today (Feb. 27), and ahead of its worldwide debut (and its official original soundtrack’s release via Arista Records) on May 8.
First announced in September 2017 (!), The Eddy has been a long time in the making, perhaps due in part to Chazelle’s busy schedule and its production being based in France. Describing it as “an eight-episode drama that takes place in the vibrant multicultural neighborhoods of modern-day Paris,” Netflix offers the following plot synopsis:
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.
The series also stars Melissa George (In Treatment), Adil Dehbi (How I Became a Superhero), Benjamin Biolay (La douleur), Tchéky Karyo (The Missing) and rapper Sopico in his debut on-screen performance.
The Eddy’s impressive cast, led by Holland (High Flying Bird, Moonlight), Kulig (Cold War, Hanna), Rahim (The Looming Tower, Mary Magdalene), Bekhti (Paris, je t’aime, A Prophet) and Stenberg (The Hate U Give, The Hunger Games), is matched by a litany of behind-the-camera talent. Chazelle directs alongside Emmy winner Alan Poul (Tales of the City), Cannes Camera d’Or winner Houda Benyamina (Divines) and Laïla Marrakchi (Le Bureau des Légendes), while five-time BAFTA Award winner Jack Thorne (National Treasure) and six-time Grammy winner Glen Ballard wrote the show’s scripts and songs, respectively. Ballard also put The Eddy’s band together, which features real-life musicians Randy Kerber, Ludovic Louis, Lada Obradovic, Jowee Omicil and Damian Nueva Cortes.
In The Eddy’s brief but inviting teaser, which you can watch down below, Holland walks the streets of Paris, surrounded by the music of the city—dogs barking, motorcycles buzzing, bystanders speaking excitedly in French, sirens screaming—and, eventually, actual music. He and Stenberg meet up and enter The Eddy, while the camera remains outside on the street, leaving its interior entirely to our imagination, and a series of title cards declares, “Music Beats Everything.”
Chazelle’s first foray into TV will soon be followed by his second: Apple ordered a secret drama series from the filmmaker in January 2018, about which we’ve heard nary an update since. We’ll share further info on that project as it comes to light, but for now, we’ve got The Eddy to be excited about.
See The Eddy’s first teaser below, and its colorful assortment of key art further down.