HBO Original series ‘The Idol’ debuts teaser trailer

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The first teaser trailer for the forthcoming HBO series “The Idol” was released July 17, featuring Troye Sivan, Lily-Rose Depp, and Abel Tesfaye – also known as The Weeknd.

“The Idol” follows Jocelyn, played by Depp, a pop singer living in Los Angeles that develops a relationship with Tesfaye, a secret modern-day cult leader. The trailer teases intense hookup scenes, sleazy costumes at dance rehearsals, and pounds upon pounds of drugs.

“The Idol” is created by Sam Levinson and Tesfaye. Levinson is best known for his creation of the critically acclaimed HBO original series Euphoria. With a new group of talented actors and a vibrant story to tell, Levinson’s new series will likely be a hit.

“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,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO programming, said in a statement.

Tesfaye is most well known for his alter-ego The Weeknd. His screen debut was in the 2019 film Uncut Gems with Adam Sandler. For “The Idol,” this will be Tesfaye’s first piece of work to grant him the title of producer.

“I just want to be a filmmaker,” Tesfaye said. “I want to make great cinema.”

Along with Sivan and Depp, Jennie Kim will be making her international debut in television. Kim is a member of the K-pop female group BLACKPINK and works as one of Depp’s backup dancers in the new series.

An official release date for the new series has not been announced, but the teaser trailer says it is “coming soon.” Watch the teaser here:

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