Fans of the euphoric show Euphoria, unite: the hard-hitting HBO Max series The Idol is coming soon.
The show, starring Lily-Rose Depp as damaged pop singer Jocelyn and directed by Sam Levinson (who also directed Levinson’s Euphoria), follows Jocelyn as she becomes enamored with cult leader Tedros (The Weeknd).
Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage as The Weeknd has been working on the project for quite some time as an executive producer alongside Reza Fahim and Mark Levinson. Amy Seimetz had been directing The Idol, however, she left the production in April 2022.
The statement from HBO, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, read at the time: “The Idol’s creative team continues to construct, polish, and grow their vision for the program, and they have unified on a new creative path.
The cast and crew of the show will be modified to fit the show’s new direction. We hope to have additional details to share with you soon. After Levinson took over as director, the entire pilot episode was filmed. The magazine Rolling Stone published an article in March claiming the TV show had “gone wildly, disgustingly off the rails” and was a “sh**show” to produce.
The story also mentioned production sources’ worries regarding “rape fantasy”-like sequences. Levinson reflected on the shocking comments made by The Weeknd that triggered the contentious series during a recent cover shoot for W magazine.
He said, “Abel made a pitch to us.” Memorable quote: “He said, ‘If I wanted to build a cult, I could.’ What he meant was that his supporters were so devoted to him that they would go to any lengths to see him perform.
The Idol Release Date
According to sources, The premiere air date in the United States is set for Sunday, June 4th, on HBO Max. There has been no official announcement regarding a UK release date, although it is likely to premiere on Sky and the streaming service NOW on June 5.
In the United States, it will appear on HBO, while in the United Kingdom, it will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic and made available via the streaming service NOW.
The Idol Plotline: What’s the Series About?
Promoted as “Hollywood’s sleaziest love story,” the show follows a cult leader and self-help guru as he falls for a rising star in the music industry.
Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name The Weeknd, along with Euphoria’s Sam Levinson and billionaire Reza Fahim, conceived the series.
The Idol Cast Members: Who Stars Alongside the Weeknd?
Lily-Rose Depp plays a pop idol, and Abel Tesfaye/The Weeknd plays a cult leader, in this series. Troye Sivan, Jennie Kim, Debby Ryan, Rachel Sennott, Steve Zissis, Hari Nef, and Juliebeth Gonzalez will all be appearing alongside them. We don’t know much about the characters yet. If new information becomes available, we will post it here.
The show’s creative team was shaken up in April of last year when the director and several actors left. According to reports at the time cited by Deadline, The Weeknd’s departure was due to his dissatisfaction with the show’s focus on female characters.
Since then, HBO has claimed, “The creators and producers of The Idol have been working hard to create one of HBO’s most interesting and controversial original programs. “Unfortunately, the show’s original strategy and the quality of the early episodes did not reach HBO Max standards, so we modified.
Last year, the creative team made certain adjustments to the show that they thought were for the best for the cast and crew. They said, “Throughout the process, the creative team has been devoted to creating a safe, collaborative, and mutually respectful working environment. We hope to soon be able to introduce The Idol to the public.
How Many Episodes Will the Idol Have?
There will be six episodes of The Idol. With an hour allotted for each episode, the show will still have time to present a compelling story. Still, you should know that it’s two or three episodes shorter than most other HBO shows.
There has been no public unveiling of the Idol. From what we can tell, though, the program follows Jocelyn, a female pop artist whose recent tour is derailed by a mental breakdown.
She persists in her pursuit to become the hottest pop star in America. When she meets Tedros, a mysterious L.A. club owner and cult leader, her fire is rekindled. For more details visit our website Jerseyshorevibe.com