The first trailer for Daisy Jones and the Six is a time capsule into the world of 1970s rock and roll superstars in a painfully fiery duet – except the band isn’t real and the song is made for show.
The upcoming TV series is based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best-selling and critically acclaimed book of the same name. It stars Riley Keough as the titular Daisy Jones, a magnetic and charismatic songwriter who joins a band led by the charming but unstable Billy Dunne, played here by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games. Like the book, the show will explore the band’s rise – and its ultimate split.
The book itself is essentially one long fictional oral history, with a reporter sitting down to interview each of the band members. The various band members share their insights into the band’s history through the 1970s rock and roll scene and what ultimately led to their end. Based on the brief portion of the trailer where Daisy addresses the camera, it seems like the Prime Video show could keep this format. The band’s history is heavily inspired by Fleetwood Mac, particularly the on-and-off romance between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham that bled into their 1977 album. Rumors.
Since this is a show about musicians, a big part of it is, of course, the music. The lyrics written in the book will have melodies and accompaniment. Dawn, the band’s full album, will come to life in the show, helmed by producer Blake Mills, who has recruited Phoebe Bridgers, Madison Cunningham, Marcus Mumford and Jackson Browne, among others, to write the songs. The first of the songs – the agonizing and fiery “Regret Me” – is now available as a single.
Daisy Jones and the Six was the winner of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. It is the second in Reid’s unofficial “Quartet of Famous Women”, four books that follow various fictional famous women through entertainment history; these stories share recurring characters and locations, but each is ultimately isolated. The others include another BookTok darling The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugowhich is set to get a Netflix film adaptation; Rise of Malibu, which will be a Hulu series; and more recently, Carrie Soto is back.
Daisy Jones and the Six premieres March 1 on Prime Video.