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We have some good news for those of you who were left with a Euphoria-sized hole in your heart after the program’s season 2 finale aired in February: the show will return for a third season. It’s possible that The Idol, a new show on HBO, is just what the patient needs. Sam Levinson, Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), and Reza Fahim are the brains behind the television series The Idol, which recounts the story of a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult who gets involved in a tumultuous relationship with a rising pop idol. In addition to Joseph Epstein, Ashley Levinson, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Kevin Turen, Levinson, The Weeknd, and Fahim are all executive producers for the show.
On June 29, 2021, The Weeknd announced that he would create, executive produce, and co-write a drama series for HBO called The Idol. He also indicated that this would take place. Most of the show’s primary photography occurred in November 2021 in and around Los Angeles, California. The creation of the event was, however, momentarily halted in April 2022 because The Weeknd was scheduled to co-headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
It was first claimed that Amy Sediments, who co-created, co-wrote, co-directed, and executive-produced the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience (2016 – present), would direct all of the show’s episodes. On the other hand, on April 25, 2022, it was announced that Amy Seimetz had departed the project, even though many show episodes had already been shot. HBO has issued a statement in which it explains that:
Idol’s creative team “continues to build, refine, and evolve their vision for the show, and they have aligned on a new creative direction.” “The Idol’s creative team has aligned on a new creative direction.” In addition, they announced that “the production will be adjusting its cast and crew accordingly to best serve this new approach to the series.”
It has been claimed that Sam Levinson has taken over as director of the updated version of the show. Late in May, production on the updated version of the show got underway. July 2022 marked the formal end of production, and are you interested in learning more about this musical drama? Everything we know about The Idol, from its cast to its streaming information, is presented here.
- Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn
- The Weeknd as Tedros
- Suzanna Son as Chloe
- Troye Sivan as Xander
- Moses Sumney as Izaak
- Jane Adams as Nikki
- Jennie Kim as Dyanne
- Rachel Sennott as Leia
What is the Release Date of The Idol?
On May 22, 2023, The Idol made its world premiere out-of-competition at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. Following the showing of its first two episodes, the series was honored with a standing ovation lasting for five minutes. After Carlos, Too Old to Die, Young, Twin Peaks, and Irma Vep, this will be the sixth television series to be shown at the festival. On June 4, 2023, the series’ first episode is slated to air on both HBO and Max.
Who is the Director of The Idol?
Samuel Levinson is a well-known director and actor in the United States. He is the son of director Barry Levinson, who won an Academy Award for his work. He was given his first writing credit for the action comedy picture Operation: Endgame in 2010, for which he was credited as a co-writer. The next year, in 2010, he debuted as a film director with the film Another Happy Day (2011), which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. After that, he was credited for scripting his father’s HBO television film, The Wizard of Lies (2017). He continued his work as a screenwriter and director on the feature films Assassination Nation (2018) and Malcolm & Marie (2021).
What is the Plot of The Idol?
The Idol is a drama series about a growing music sensation who becomes romantically entangled with an enigmatic self-help guru turned modern-day cult leader (played by Tesfaye). Depp plays the role of the burgeoning pop sensation. The first trailer for the program gives the idea that it will be chaos, even though the facts of their connection are still a mystery.
From what we can see, the story is about a standard scenario involving a young man and a young woman who are introduced to one another for the first time. As Johnny Depp and Tesfaye’s lives grow more linked, they become increasingly lured into wild parties, drug usage, sexual encounters, and excessive drinking. This happens after they have met and fallen in love with one another. This teaser is a one-minute-long bender that is played to the tune of an electric guitar and has a duration of one minute. In the same instant that Johnny Depp’s manager is shouting, “More, more, more, orgy,” footage from Johnny Depp’s decline can be seen on the television. At one point, Tesfaye’s character asks, “Do you trust me?” She gives a response that is devoid of any hesitancy and says, “Not really.”
These are not my words but theirs; they claim that The Idol is “the sleaziest love story” in the world. In the subsequent series, which will take place in Hollywood, an investigation into the sordid underbelly of a glamorous culture without any bounds will be carried out.