December 08, 2022

HBO Max Reveals “The Idol” Trailer with The Weeknd


HBO Max offers a first look at its new highly-anticipated series "The Idol" with The Weeknd, Jennie from BLACKPINK, Troye Sivan, and more!
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HBO Max offers a first look at its new highly-anticipated series “The Idol” with The Weeknd, Jennie from BLACKPINK, Troye Sivan, and more!

On top of embarking on the “After Hours Til Dawn” tour, The Weeknd and Daft Punk’s “I Feel It Coming” hit 1 billion views on YouTube recently.

Things To Know About HBO Max’s “The Idol”

After years of The Weekend expressing his interest in screenwriting, nothing physical came until “The Idol” teaser trailer dropped. Knowing his passion for creating elaborate storylines around his music, this seemed like a natural progression after 2022’s Dawn FM. The series has no release date and is solely ‘coming soon’ to HBO (most likely HBO Max, too).

The Weeknd co-created the project with Euphoria’s Sam Levinson and his longtime creative producer Reza Fahim. Lily-Rose Depp and Troye Sivan will co-star alongside Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) as series regulars.

According to a statement from the show, The Idol is “set against the backdrop of the music industry, centers on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult, who develops a complicated relationship with an up-and-coming pop idol.” As the 90-second trailer plays, it introduces us to “the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood,” fueled by alcohol, sex, and wealth. Most importantly, it shows Tesfaye’s character as a club owner/cult leader and protagonist Lily Rose-Depp’s character, Jocelyn.

Cast of “The Idol”

The Idol has quite the A-list cast. The show announced Australian singer Troye Sivan as a series regular, along with Debby Ryan and Steve Zissis. In addition, amongst the recurring roles is TV on the Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe. There is a glimpse of BLACKPINK‘s Jennie in the trailer, but it is still unclear how large of a part she will play in the series.

However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Multiple collaborators said goodbye and caused reshooting “to build, refine, and evolve their vision for the show […]”. For example, Debby Ryan replaced “Red Rocket” breakout Suzanna Son as a series regular. Sources say The Weeknd ” felt the show was leaning too heavily into a female point of view.”

Are you excited about HBO Max’s “The Idol” starring The Weekend, Lily Rose-Depp, Troye Sivan, and Jennie from BLACKPINK? Let us know in the comments!



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