Zoë Kravitz Looks Back at the Past in First ‘High Fidelity’ Trailer

Published on December 20, 2019

Ready to talk about music and heartbreak? Then Hulu has the show for you. The streaming service is releasing a new adaptation of Nick Hornby’s classic breakup story, “High Fidelity,” next year.

Previously, the story was adapted as a great movie starring John Cusack as Rob Gordon, who’s a man-child in ownership of a struggling record shop and serious relationship issues. It’s all about him finally growing up and learning from the mistakes of the past. Zoë Kravitz will go on a similar journey in Hulu’s High Fidelity, which is ten episodes long and will debut on February 14, 2020.

The Trailer 

The original story unfolds in England where Hornby is from. The movie relocated the story to Chicago, and the TV show is bringing Hornby’s story to Brooklyn.

Originally, the TV series was at Disney+, but the adult drama ended up at Hulu, where it felt more appropriate. The location of the story and the gender of the protagonist have changed, but the first trailer for the series is pure High Fidelity:


There’s a wealth of material from the book ready to expand on with a TV show. All the relationships, all the heartbreak, and all that music, there’s plenty for the show’s writers and creators, Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, to draw from for their TV show. 

Zoë Kravitz Keeps Dominating 

Kravitz is riding quite the wave at the moment. The actress is riveting on Big Little Lies, she has appeared in a variety of creative films, and recently, she got cast as Catwoman in The Batman.

Her star keeps rising high, and for good reason. She’s a very charismatic presence without having to put on a whole lot bells and whistles. There’s a natural ease and confidence to her presence, so ten episodes of her starring in a new, perhaps more modern High Fidelity sounds like a treat too sweet to pass up. 

The Move From Disney+ to Hulu 

Initially imagined as a more teen-friendly show, High Fidelity then evolved into something else. When Kravitz signed up to star and executive produce, and when the story started developing, it went in a more adult direction.

After those changes, Disney+ felt the show wasn’t right for their brand, but there’s no hard feelings involved from the sound of it. After the news of the transition, Disney+’s SVP, Content, Agnes Chu, praised the show and explained the change:

Developing High Fidelity with Zoe, Veronica, Sarah and the team at Midnight Radio has been incredibly exciting and we want to ensure they are able to make the show they are envisioning as Disney+ is dedicated to supporting our creative partners. To that end, as the series’ creative evolved, our Disney+ team, collectively with ABC Signature, recognized that the show would be better suited for another platform. Given Disney’s equity stake in Hulu, we’re happy High Fidelity will continue as part of our extended family.

Hulu’s VP of Content Development, Beatrice Springborn, added:

Hulu is home to stories that tap into pop culture and redefine genres, so we jumped at the opportunity to bring a seminal work like High Fidelity into the fold as a Hulu Original. We are over the moon to work with Zoe, Veronica and Sarah to bring viewers this fresh take on an enduring story that has resonated with millions of people over the past two decades.”


A departure from Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and beloved 2000 film, Hulu’s High Fidelity centers on Rob (Zoë Kravitz, who also serves as an executive producer), a female record store owner in the rapidly gentrified neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn who revisits past relationships through music and pop culture, while trying to get over her one true love.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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