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Now, here you go again, you say you want your TV show. Well, who is Amazon to keep you down? Daisy Jones & the Six, an upcoming Prime Video series, will follow a fictional, dramatic ’70s rock band partly inspired by Fleetwood Mac. The show is based on a book of the same name, written by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo author Taylor Jenkins Reid. The novel came out in 2017 and was optioned based on a copy that married couple and executive producers Scott Neustadter and Lauren Levy Neustadter read prior to its release. Then production was halted due to the pandemic, which explains the wait, per Vanity Fair. The series is also EP’d by Reese Witherspoon through her studio Hello Sunshine, with Scott Neustadter co-creating the show alongside Michael H. Weber as well as co-showrunning alongside Will Graham.
The first teaser promises, “Their music made them famous. Their breakup made them legends.” Based on our first good look at the show, it adapts the book’s oral-history format into a version of a music documentary. “Look, I know that I said that I would tell you everything,” says the titular Daisy. “But how much of everything do you really want to know?” Below, all the info that I Do Wanna Know.
The book that the series is faithfully adapting follows the titular Daisy as she navigates the ’70s-rock scene. She joins the fictional band the Six, headed by Billy Dunne. The two, alongside the rest of their bandmates and Billy’s girlfriend, Camila, navigate interpersonal conflicts, musical conflicts, and drug abuse.
The story looks to be following the same plot, more or less, as the original book. Their goal was “figuring out how to make the experience of watching it the same as we had when we read it,” the creators said to Vanity Fair. That meant mostly keeping the same structure as the book while condensing the framing device, which centers around the band members looking back at their youth from the future, down to 20 years.
Daisy Jones will be played by Riley Keough, a descendant of one Elvis Presley. Billy Dunne is played by Sam Claflin of Finnick Odair fame. Both Keough and Claflin told Vanity Fair that they spent extensive time learning to music themselves up in order to play these rockers. Keough learned to belt, while Claflin learned both how to play rhythm guitar and that “Come Together” is not by Michael Jackson. Other cast members include Suki Waterhouse as Karen, Sebastian Chacon as Warren, Josh Whitehouse as Eddie, and Will Harrison as Graham. Camila Morrone will play the fictional Camila, while Timothy Olyphant plays Rod Reyes, Tom Wright plays Teddy Price, and Nabiyah Be plays Simone Jackson.
Sure sounds like it, huh! But no, this is not the Fleetwood Mac bio-series you’ve been craving. It is definitely inspired by that iconic band (and their iconic album Rumors), as well as the general rock scene of the era, but Daisy Jones and the Six are their own thing. If you want to see Fleetwood Mac talking about their whole situation, stick to their Behind the Music episode.
Blake Mills and Tony Berg wrote much of the original music for the fictional band, which includes songs mentioned in the book like “Regret Me” and “Aurora.” “It sounds kind of fresh, and doesn’t sound like play acting,” Neustadter told Vanity Fair. Those songs will also include lyrics written in the book. The soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records. If you’re in the mood for a sampling, listen to the first real single from the real-fake band, their fake-iconic track “Regret Me.”
If you’re ready to rock out with your Six out, you’ll have to get in line. The series premieres on Prime Video on March 3, with new episodes coming out weekly each Friday. Sex, drugs, and streaming services.