The Idol (TV series)
|Directed by||Sam Levinson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production locations||Los Angeles, California|
The Idol is an upcoming American drama television series created by Abel "the Weeknd" Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, and Sam Levinson for HBO. Set against the backdrop of the music industry, the series will focus on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult who enters into a complicated relationship with a rising pop idol. Lily-Rose Depp and Tesfaye are set to star in the leading roles, with Troye Sivan, Debby Ryan, Rachel Sennott, Jennie Kim, Steve Zissis, Hari Nef, and Juliebeth Gonzalez appearing as supporting characters.
Cast and characters
- Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn
- Abel Tesfaye
- Troye Sivan
- Debby Ryan
- Rachel Sennott
- Jennie Kim
- Steve Zissis
- Hari Nef
- Juliebeth Gonzalez
- Melanie Liburd as Jenna
- Tunde Adebimpe
- Elizabeth Berkley
- Nico Hiraga
- Anne Heche
- Maya Eshet
- Tyson Ritter
- Kate Lyn Sheil
- Liz Caribel Sierra
- Finley Rose Slater
On June 29, 2021, Abel "the Weeknd" Tesfaye announced that he would be creating, executive producing and co-writing a drama series for HBO alongside Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson. On the same day, Ashley Levinson and Joseph Epstein were announced as executive producers for the series, with Epstein also serving as a writer and the series' showrunner. Mary Laws was also announced as a writer and will serve as a co-executive producer, alongside Tesfaye's co-manager Wassim Slaiby and his creative director La Mar Taylor.
On November 22, 2021, HBO gave the production a series order for a first season consisting of six episodes. Alongside the series order, Amy Seimetz revealed that she will direct all six episodes. On January 14, 2022, Deadline Hollywood reported that Nick Hall had joined the production as an executive producer, following his move to A24 to oversee creative for the company's television slate. On April 25, 2022, Variety reported that Seimetz had left the project, citing sources who stated that multiple episodes had already been filmed but that these would be reshot by Sam Levinson assuming her role as the series' director as the series changes its creative direction.
In the initial announcement, Tesfaye revealed that he would be starring in the series. On September 29, 2021, Lily-Rose Depp revealed that she would be starring opposite Tesfaye. On November 22, Suzanna Son, Steve Zissis, and Troye Sivan joined the main cast, while Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Elizabeth Berkley, Nico Hiraga and Anne Heche joined the cast as recurring characters. On December 2, Juliebeth Gonzalez was cast as a series regular, while Maya Eshet, Tyson Ritter, Kate Lyn Sheil, Liz Caribel Sierra and Finley Rose Slater were cast in recurring roles. On April 27, 2022, it was announced that Son had left the cast amid a creative overhaul of the series. She was replaced by Debby Ryan. In July, Rachel Sennott, Hari Nef, and Jennie Kim joined the cast.
Principal photography began in November 2021 in and around Los Angeles, California. Production was temporarily paused in April 2022 due to Tesfaye co-headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On April 25, Variety reported that the show would be reworked and would undergo significant reshoots with changes to its cast and crew due to a change in creative directions. Production was officially completed in July 2022, just as Tesfaye was embarking on the After Hours til Dawn Tour.
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he was expecting to immediately jump on a plane to wrap filming in L.A in the six days between his Toronto and Philadelphia gigs.
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