Amazon wants you to do a little pre-Christmas binge-watching. The company announced it will debut the dramedy Mozart in the Jungle on December 23, 2014, in the US, UK, and Germany.
Based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, the Amazon series tells the story of Hailey (played by Lola Kirke of Gone Girl fame), an oboist who must deal with the complicated internal politics of a world-renowned orchestra and its recently-inducted, unconventional conductor Rodrigo (played by Gael Garcia Bernal from Rosewater).
Other cast members, both recurring and guest, include Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Hannah Dunne (Frances Ha), Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back), Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist), and Bernadette Peters (Smash).
All ten episodes of Mozart in the Jungle are executive produced by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Paul Weitz (About a Boy), John Strauss (There’s Something About Mary), and newcomer Alex Timbers.
“Our customers will be immersed in a provocative and compelling world,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios, in a release. “Jason, Roman, Paul, and John have brilliantly tapped into this microcosm brought to life by an unparalleled ensemble cast.”
“Classical music has always interested me,” said Coppola in the release. “By being part of this show I’ve been able to immerse myself in this fascinating world. I think the viewer will be equally as surprised and intrigued as I was with what goes on behind the curtain at the symphony.”
Mozart in the Jungle joins many more upcoming original series in Amazon Studios’ pipeline. Michael Connelly’s cop drama Bosch is set to arrive on Amazon Prime sometime in 2015. In addition to that series, Amazon is preparing at least seven new titles for release in 2015 from its slate of original programming.
Currently, Amazon Prime subscribers can watch the first episode of Mozart in the Jungle via any connected device which supports the Amazon Instant Video app. Then on December 23, all Amazon Prime users in the US, UK, and Germany can binge-watch the other nine episodes as they wrap some last-minute gifts.