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The Weeknd’s First Directing Series “The Idol”: What We Know So Far

today25 October 2022


If you miss Euphoria, you might want to settle down for “The Idol” series directed by Sam Levinson himself and The Weeknd! The Weeknd’s videos and visuals have always had a cinematic quality and now he’s expanding the scope of his storytelling abilities onto the digital screen. The protagonist of ‘The Idol’ is a modern-day cult leader and self-help guru who gets involved in a tangled love affair with a rising pop star.

The show was filmed primarily in and around Los Angeles, California, in the month of November 2021. An official trailer for “The Idol” has been released, confirming the show’s premiere on HBO in 2023. The trailer showcases the show’s impressive roster of actors as well as its eerie vibe.

This series consist of 6 episodes and will be coming soon to HBO and HBO Max in 2023. 

Eager to know who’s the cast in “The Idol”?

As everyone already knows, The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) and Lily-Rose Depp will be playing the main protagonists. You can also catch Suzanna Son, Steve Zissis, Hari Nef, and Rachel Sennot join Australian singer Troye Sivan as series regulars. Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Nico Hiraga, and Anna Heche are also joining the cast in recurring capacities. And the final cherry on top that everyone has been excited about is…the member of girl group, Blackpink, Jennie will be making her first acting debut in this series!!

Image via Instagram

Fans of “Euphoria” were wondering whether this series will be the same as their favorite. Sam Levinson did agree that based on the trailer, both of the shows do have similarities however, he assures that “The Idol” will not be the next “Euphoria” since they have their own personality and attraction to offer. 

So, for The Weeknd and Jennie’s fans, gear up for 2023 that will only be two months away to see both of your favourites’ first acting debut 😉

(Written by Ferra)


*Cover image via HBO

Written by: Farah Qistina