The Idol: Every little thing We Know About The Weeknd’s HBO Collection

The primary trailer for The Weeknd (Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) and “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson’s mysterious HBO cult drama “The Idol” has arrived, and it appears each bit as intense as Levinson’s Emmy-nominated highschool collection. HBO appears to need viewers to know what they’re in for proper from the beginning. Earlier than the trailer begins, the display screen reads: “From the sick and twisted minds of Abel and Sam Levinson.”

From there, the mysterious footage is all about Hollywood extra as star Lily-Rose Depp falls for an enigmatic membership proprietor/potential cult chief performed by The Weeknd. Quickly she’s surrounded by medication, violence, and limitless events. Close to the tip of the trailer, somebody asks Depp’s character, “Do you belief me?” To which she responds, “Probably not.”

“The Idol” has taken a tumultuous path to the small display screen, and in consequence, it nonetheless does not have an official launch date. Even the solid stays in flux, though the trailer serves up some readability about which stars remained after the present went by a artistic overhaul in April. Along with Depp and The Weeknd, the solid additionally contains Debby Ryan, Rachel Sennott, Hari Nef, and Korean rapper Jennie (one of many founding members of Blackpink).

On April 25, Variety reported that director Amy Seimetz has exited the collection amid artistic variations. Days following the information, stories shared that Suzanna Son would not return to the six-episode undertaking both. HBO didn’t touch upon which different solid and crew members left the manufacturing. Nevertheless, the community did tackle the brand new changes in a press release.

“The Idol’s artistic crew continues to construct, refine, and evolve their imaginative and prescient for the present and so they have aligned on a brand new artistic course,” it mentioned. “The manufacturing shall be adjusting its solid and crew accordingly to finest serve this new strategy to the collection. We look ahead to sharing extra info quickly.”

According to Deadline, The Weeknd was not proud of the present’s course. Sources mentioned he felt the present was leaning an excessive amount of right into a “feminine perspective” with costar Depp’s character moderately than his personal. Curiously, the trailer places Depp entrance and heart, suggesting the story will largely be informed by her character’s eyes.

“The Idol” was picked up for development in June 2021. The collection generated a lot buzz round its star-studded solid that was later revealed to incorporate The Weeknd, Depp, Troye Sivan, Steve Zissis, and Juliebeth Gonzalez. Maya Eshet, Tyson Ritter, Kate Lyn Sheil, Liz Sierra, and Finley Rose Slater additionally joined the solid in recurring roles, although it is unclear in the event that they’re all nonetheless a part of the restricted collection.

Learn forward for extra particulars about “The Idol.”

— Extra reporting by Sabienna Bowman.

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