Amazon’s original series may not have the budget-busting reputation of some of Netflix’s bigger shows, but their new offering, Z: The Beginning of Everything, is a lush period drama that looks to channel the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age. Based on the life of Zelda Sayre — better known to most by her married name of Zelda Fitzgerald — Z: The Beginning of Everything chronicles Zelda’s colorful life and long, tumultuous relationship writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Christina Ricci stars as Zelda — novelist, social butterfly, muse — a brilliant but troubled soul who, along with her husband, helped define the era chronicled in their books. Z: The Beginning of Everything will premiere its 10-episode first season on January 27. Check out the full trailer below.
Opposite Ricci is David Hoflin (American Crime) as F. Scott. The series will track the couple from their first meetings in 1918 Alabama, through to their jet-setting golden years in New York and Paris. Unfortunately, anyone who knows the story of the Fitzgeralds knows it doesn’t have a happy ending… The cast also includes Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Jamie Anne Allman, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind, Holly Curran, and David Strathairn as Zelda’s father.
Z: The Beginning of Everything was created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing). The pilot, directed by none other than Tim Blake Nelson, debuted as part of Amazon’s Pilot Season in November 2015. (You can read my review from the time right here).
If the trailer has your interest piqued, the show’s pilot is currently available streaming on Amazon Prime. While you’re there, we also recommend checking out the excellent pilot for The Last Tycoon as well, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished final novel. And hey, maybe grab some books by the Fitzgeralds as well, while you’re at it. I mean, it’s what Gatsby would want.