French Twist: André Holland to Star in Netflix's Musical Series The Eddy

Andre Holland speaks onstage during the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2019 Annual Awards Dinner on March 4, 2019 in New York City.
Andre Holland speaks onstage during the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2019 Annual Awards Dinner on March 4, 2019 in New York City.
Photo: Eugene Gologursky (Getty Images for Jackie Robinson Foundation)

Movie lovers likely remember well the 2017 awards season, which brought us the revival of the big screen musical with La La Land versus the stunningly beautiful coming-of-age story that was Moonlight. Of course, Moonlight would eventually nab the Best Picture Oscar that year in a stunning upset, but the competing filmmakers and casts maintained that the season and even the reversal of fortune had brought them together and created lasting camaraderie.


But soon, those of us who appreciated the merits of each film can experience the best of both worlds with Netflix’s The Eddy. The long-awaited musical drama, first announced in 2017 (via Vulture), is executive produced by La La Land writer-director Damien Chazelle, and has just announced Moonlight’s long lost love, André Holland as its lead.

From what little we’ve heard, the eight-episode series may borrow a bit from what could’ve been in Chazelle’s 2016 hit film. The action will once again be centered on a jazz pianist—this time in Paris, France. Capitalizing on the city’s rich multiculturalism, the show’s dialogue will be in French, English and Arabic, and Chazelle will direct the first two episodes. As reported by Vulture:

Holland plays Elliot Udo, a talented American jazz pianist who owns a struggling club in Paris and has an on-again-off-again relationship with the club’s lead singer. When his 15-year-old daughter shows up, emotionally stunted Elliot must face the music. Six-time Grammy Award winner Glenn Ballard (Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Michael Jackson’s Bad) will write songs.

Frankly, we didn’t even know Holland could sing (though he can clearly play one hell of a jukebox); but we do know he has proved magnetic in pretty much every scene we’ve seen him in. While Netflix has yet to declare a release date, Variety reports the series is scheduled to start shooting in Paris later this year.


Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?



I love this (and Andre H) so much. And I love even more that it sounds like it will correct some of the erasure problems (i.e. Black musicians and singers and come on with the Arabic speakers in Paris!) of La La Land. I’m excited to check this.