Matt Bomer, coming off a starring role in American Horror Story: Hotel, has been tapped as the lead in The Last Tycoon, Amazon Studios’ drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The project, from Sony’s TriStar Television, was quietly ordered earlier this month as cast-contingent. The casting of Bomer lifts the contingency, clearing the pilot for production.
The Last Tycoon, which Sony TV set up at Amazon a year ago, was written by Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray who is set to direct the pilot.
Inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based, The Last Tycoon centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady, a character based on Louis B. Mayer. With Stahr as a focal point, the series delves into the true violence, sex and towering ambition of Hollywood in the ’30s. Ray executive produces alongside Party Of Five co-creator Chris Keyser, who serves as showrunner, as well as Perri Kipperman, Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin.
In The Last Tycoon 1976 big-screen adaptation directed by Elia Kazan and written by Harold Pinter, the role of Stahr was played by Robert De Niro.
The cast of FX’s horror anthology spoke to reporters on the set of the show Wednesday, talking about their real-life fears and shooting this particular dark — and sexy — season of “American Horror Story.”
“It’s interesting because you don’t realize what a huge cultural figure you’re working with. I haven’t said anything about Lady Gaga to them,” Matt Bomer, who plays Donovan, said, talking about his young children. “They’ve seen pictures that have been taken that are candid, but they just think it’s an actress. And someone from their class at school has told them, so they come home now and go, ‘What’s Lady Gaga like?’ And they don’t know who she is necessarily, it’s just playground lore. So I’m like, ‘Oh my god, am I cool?’”
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I’ve seen some fans complaining about Matt screen time on the show, and while I’m all here for 50 minutes of Matt on my TV weekly, let’s remember this show has a huge cast, with several storylines to be evolved. So it’s natural some weeks we’ll see more and other weeks, less than that. It’s a bummer, yes, but it’s natural considering the size of the cast.
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After a week without him, Donovan wass back last night to AHS: Hotel. You can find screencaptures and his scene in our archive.
The current issue of Attitude magazine is featuring American Horror Story, for its Halloween issue. I have scans added in our gallery, scanned by ilabachrn.
Matt attended yesterday the first EW Fest, to promote American Horror Story: Hotel. He was accompanied by Mommy Kathy Bates in the Ryan Murphy panel, shared also with Ryan himself and Scream Queens girls Lea Michele, Keke Palmer and Emma Roberts, and moderated by EW’s own Tim Stack.
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A new promotional for AHS: Hotel third episode, titled Mommy, has been added in our gallery. The episode airs tomorrow.
Matt gave a very nice interview to Yahoo! about the last American Horror Story: Hotel episode and its implications on the current season. Check it:
Obviously you had that memorable death scene in your undies last season and worked with Ryan Murphy on The Normal Heart. How did it come about that you would return to AHS and in a much bigger capacity?
I reached out to him after I had done that cameo in Freak Show. I told him I had a great time and he asked me if I wanted to come on board next season. I am a huge fan of the franchise and had greatly enjoyed working with Ryan over the years so when he proffered that, I immediately accepted. Since then, the season has gone through many incarnations and has added lots of new people to the cast. But I already know I can trust him, so I knew they would give me something fun to chew on no matter what. Part of the fun of working with Ryan is seeing what they come up with. It is never boring.
I had heard that the first episode’s foursome was the first scene you shot for Hotel.
Actually that is completely false. I didn’t do that scene until about two months into filming. A lot of filming for me has been non-sequential because we were waiting on Ms. Gaga’s schedule to free up. I actually did a lot more of the third episode before we even got to the first.
Our gallery was updated with screen captures from last night’s episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, plus Donovan’s scenes are now added in our archive.