The Weeknd Drops First Teaser for Latest Project, ‘The Idol’


| LAST UPDATE 07/19/2022

By Zuzanna Krause
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"The sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood" is coming our way soon, according to the trailer for the upcoming HBO series, The Idol. Starring Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, The Idol is giving audiences a whole different view of one of our favorite artists, and we can't wait to see him do his thing. The singer himself dropped the first teaser trailer for the HBO Max series during his After Hours Til Dawn Tour performance at the MetLife Stadium this weekend, and well, it looks wild.

The trailer kicks off reading "From the sick and twisted minds" of Sam Levinson, the creator of Euphoria and The Weeknd and goes into a quick minute and a half sneak peek of what's in store. According to the official description from HBO, the show is "set against the backdrop of the music industry and 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."

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"When the multi-talented Abel' The Weeknd' Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, and Sam Levinson brought us The Idol, it was clear their subversive, revelatory take on the cult of the music industry was unlike anything HBO had ever done before," Executive Vice President of HBO Programming Francesca Orsi stated last summer when the show was first announced. Starring Abel and Lily-Rose Depp, The Idol was co-created by The Weeknd, the Euphoria direction, and Reza Fahim, the Weeknd's producing partner. The dangerously good combination is set to bring us the sleaziest yet most entertaining love story we've ever seen. The show switched over directors in the spring when Amy Seimetz stepped back, and Sam Levinson stepped in. According to multiple sources, the show went under major reshoots and in a completely new creative direction. That's Hollywood, baby.

Alongside Depp, who gets into a "complicated relationship" with the cult leader, pop singer Troye Sivan is also involved as a series regular in addition to Tunde Adebimpe from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Melanie Liburd from Power Book II: Ghost, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren from Saved by the Bell, and a few more familiar faces. Although this is not the first time The Weeknd is bringing out his inner actor, we can't wait to see him play one of Hollywood's most intriguing cult leaders, so stay tuned for more updates regarding the show's official premiere.

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