July 26, 2021

With a cast full of stars, series Solos arrives this week in Brazil

A series that has a great cast

The seven episodes of Solos feature performances by Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens e Constance Wu.

The seven-part anthology explores the strange, hilarious, wonderful, and painful truths of what it means to be human. The series spans present and future and shows that even in the most isolated moments, we are all connected through the human experience.

Character-driven stories confirm that even during our times apparently loneliest, in the most different circumstances, we are all together and sharing what it means to be human.

Solos is an Amazon Studios production that features David Weil e Laura Lancaster as executive producers and Pixie Wespiser as a producer. Weil makes his directorial debut on the series, commanding three episodes. Sam Taylor-Johnson directs and executive produces two episodes. Additional Directors include Zach Braff e Tiffany Johnson.

Starring cast, Solos is one of the series that draws attention to the movement that has occurred in recent years of movie actresses and actors migrating to television works.

The prestige era of the series

The production of series for the small television screen was once considered less prestigious in relation to the big screen for the cinema. While the natural path for actors and actresses was for a television career to evolve into film, nowadays, many of them have taken the opposite path.

Big budget productions from HBO, Amazon and Netflix, which garner several Emmy awards, now attract big stars and pave the way for important roles that change careers and, pardon the expression, take professionals out of their comfort zone. How was the case of Matthew McConaughey in True Detective of HBO. From a long career as a good guy in romantic comedies, in 2013, the actor starred in the film Dallas Shopping Club for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor. Soon after, in 2014, he became one of the protagonists of the prestigious True Detective, marking there a definitive boost in his career.

Migrating to television also opens up new paths for actors like John Travolta, who has starred in dozens of films since his breakout in Grease 1978. In 2016, the actor earned his first Emmy nomination for his participation in “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story“, from Ryan Murphy.

Winona Ryder de volta

in the history of Winona Ryder, starring in a Netflix series brought the actress back into the spotlight. Icon of 1990s films such as Edward Scissorhands and Girl, Interrupted, after a crisis in her personal life, Ryder stayed away from the media and the big screen for a while. Since 2016, acting in the phenomenon series Stranger Things, the actress has seen her career and public attention reborn.

Television characters are well written, there is screen time to be painstakingly worked on and remain in the audience’s memory. Whether for actors with stagnant careers or for those looking for experimentation and renewal in their work, getting a role in television today is a big deal.

Great directors also joined the new times

Renowned film directors have also taken their careers to television. Martin Scorsese in Boardwalk Empire, Jane Campion in Top of the Lake, David Fincher in House of Cards. TV series attract huge audiences and currently deal with interesting budgets for great directors. Furthermore, they offer opportunities for creative experimentation while the creators offer their name as a guarantee of quality in production.

Solos promises eight inspiring performances in seven stories united by a deep connection. The series premieres exclusively on Prime Video, in Brazil, on June 25th.

Bia Amaral

Journalist from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, I work as an audiovisual producer at Rede Minas. Passionate about stories, on MIXIDO channel, I do reviews and analysis of movies and TV series and streaming. I study feminist cinema and make lists on Letterboxd.