HBO Unveils Provocative Series “The Idol” with Explicit Trailer


HBO has recently released the official trailer for its highly anticipated series “The Idol,” directed by Sam Levinson and set to premiere on June 4. The show gained early attention as it became the first television series to make its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Starring Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, a rising pop star, and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye as Tedros, a charismatic and sex-obsessed cult leader, “The Idol” promises to take viewers on a provocative journey into the dark underbelly of the music industry.

The storyline revolves around Jocelyn, who, after canceling her latest tour, is determined to reignite her career and become the industry’s biggest star. In her quest for success, she encounters Tedros, who allures her into his world, offering to catapult her career to new heights, no matter the price.

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Prior to its release, “The Idol” faced controversy due to on-set turmoil. In April 2022, original director Amy Seimetz departed the show, despite several episodes being already filmed, citing a change in creative direction. Reports suggested that Tesfaye believed the series was veering too heavily toward a “female perspective,” though he has since denied such claims. The show received mixed reviews at Cannes, with Variety’s Peter Debruge describing it as a “sordid male fantasy.”

Alongside Depp and Tesfaye, the series features a talented ensemble cast, including Troye Sivan, Dan Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Jennie Ruby Jane, Mike Dean, Moses Sumney, Rachel Sennott, Ramsey, Suzanna Son, and Hank Azaria.

Tesfaye, Levinson, and Reza Fahim serve as co-creators of “The Idol,” bringing their distinct visions to the production.

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With the official trailer now released, viewers can catch a glimpse of the series’ explicit content and gripping narrative. “The Idol” promises to challenge conventional storytelling and delve into the complex dynamics of power, ambition, and the dark allure of the music industry.

Watch the official trailer for “The Idol” below and prepare for a boundary-pushing television experience.

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