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The Weeknd is not only a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, but also now an actor and producer. He is set to star in and co-write a new HBO series called The Idol, which revolves around a cult leader and a pop star. But will this show ever actually happen? Read on below to find out.
What is ‘The Idol’ about?
The Idol follows a pop singer and her romance with the leader of a secret cult in L.A. The Weeknd plays the club owner, Tedros, while Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, plays the singer, Jocelyn. The show is described as a drama that explores fame, love, power, and religion.
Who else is involved in ‘The Idol’?
The Idol is created by The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, along with his former manager Reza Fahim and filmmaker Sam Levinson. Levinson is also the creator of the HBO show Euphoria and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Director Amy Seimetz will direct all six episodes of the first season.
The cast also includes Troye Sivan, Tunde Adebimpe, Anne Hech, Suzanna Son, Moses Sumney, Jane Adams, Dan Levy, Jennie Kim, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennott, Hari Nef, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.
When will The Idol premiere?
There is not yet an official release date for The Idol, but there are some clues that suggest it could be sooner than later. According to Rolling Stone, HBO has already ordered the series to begin production.
The Idol could potentially premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023 as part of its TV section, Canneseries. This would be a rare feat for an American TV show, as Cannes usually focuses on films. However, this has not been confirmed by HBO or The Weeknd.
Why is there controversy around The Idol?
The Idol has faced some backlash from fans of Euphoria, the other hit HBO series created by Sam Levinson. Some Euphoria fans have accused Levinson of prioritizing The Idol over Euphoria’s third season. Levinson has denied these allegations and explained that he worked on both shows simultaneously and that the third season of Euphoria will still be released in due time. He also said that he wanted to collaborate with The Weeknd because he admires his music and vision. A Rolling Stone article also alleged chaos and poor working conditions on-set.
What can we expect from The Idol?
Based on what we know so far, The Idol promises to be a provocative and intriguing series that explores the dark side of fame and cults. It also marks a new milestone for The Weeknd’s career as he transitions from music to TV.
The Weeknd has said that he wants to create something original and different from his previous projects. He told Variety that he wants to “make noise” with his art. “I want people talking,” he said. This new TV show could be a breath of fresh air for both fans of the Weeknd’s music career and other HBO subscribers.