The first 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. Before 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/doable cult chief performed by The Weeknd. Soon she’s surrounded by medicine, violence, and countless events. Near the top of the trailer, somebody asks Depp’s character, “Do you trust me?” To which she responds, “Not really.”
“The Idol” has taken a tumultuous path to the small display screen, and consequently, it nonetheless would not have an official launch date. Even the cast stays in flux, though the trailer serves up some readability about which stars remained after the present went by means of a artistic overhaul in April. In addition to Depp and The Weeknd, the cast 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, experiences shared that Suzanna Son would not return to the six-episode project both. HBO didn’t touch upon which different cast and crew members left the manufacturing. However, the community did handle the brand new changes in an announcement.
“The Idol’s creative team continues to build, refine, and evolve their vision for the show and they have aligned on a new creative direction,” it stated. “The production will be adjusting its cast and crew accordingly to best serve this new approach to the series. We look forward to sharing more information soon.”
According to Deadline, The Weeknd was not pleased with the present’s path. Sources stated he felt the present was leaning an excessive amount of right into a “female perspective” with costar Depp’s character moderately than his personal. Interestingly, the trailer places Depp entrance and middle, suggesting the story will largely be advised by means of her character’s eyes.
“The Idol” was picked up for development in June 2021. The collection generated a lot buzz round its star-studded cast 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 cast in recurring roles, although it is unclear in the event that they’re all nonetheless a part of the restricted collection.
Read forward for extra particulars about “The Idol.”
— Additional reporting by Sabienna Bowman.