HBO Releases New Teaser For Music Industry Drama – Deadline
HBO has released the second teaser for the music industry drama series idol, with Lily-Rose Depp and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye. (Watch it above.)
The teaser debuted last night at Weeknd’s concert in Las Vegas, a bit of meta positioning as the series delves into the world of pop music and all its excesses. The quick-cut teaser shows off a lot of skin and hints of bawdy. “It’s sex,” says a character with his eyes glued to his smartphone. “That’s what we sell.”
Co-created by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, Tesfaye and Reza Fahim, The idol takes place against the backdrop of the music industry in Los Angeles. It follows a pop singer who strikes up a romance with an enigmatic Los Angeles club owner who is the leader of a secret cult.
The series underwent a creative overhaul in late April, with the release of director Amy Seimetz.
In addition to Tesfaye and Depp, the cast includes Suzanna Son, Troye Sivan, Moses Sumney, Jane Adams, Dan Levy, Jennie Ruby Jane, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennot, Hari Nef, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Mike Dean, Ramsey and Hank Azaria. . Character details are being kept under wraps and the teaser lives up to its name, setting tone and mood but not delving into specific plot points.
Joe Epstein is the showrunner and screenwriter of the series. Levinson, Tesfaye, Fahim, Epstein, Ashley Levinson, Kevin Turen, executive producer Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios. Mary Laws, who wrote about Succession and Preacher, writes and co-executes product. The Weeknd’s manager Wassim “SAL” Slaiby and creative director La Mar C. Taylor are also co-directing the production.