One of 2023's most controversial shows finally has a release date
It is the new show from the minds behind Euphoria.
We've been waiting for The Idol for a while now, with its release date kept as a secret for way too long. However, thanks to the newly released teaser trailer (below), that date has finally been revealed.
Co-produced with A24 (who recently had a great hit with Netflix), The Idol comes from the minds of Sam Levinson (Euphoria) and Abel Tesfaye (better known as musician The Weeknd). The show will tell the story of Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), an aspiring pop star who suffers a nervous breakdown, forcing her to cancel a world tour. While in recovery, she begins a relationship with self-guru Tedros (Tesfaye), who also happens to be the leader of a cult, and begins to micromanage every aspect of Jocelyn's day-to-day life.
Co-starring Dan Levy, Troye Sivan, Eli Roth, Hank Azaria, and Anne Heche in her final television role, the show was subject to a huge Rolling Stone editorial, which called it "twisted torture porn", to which The Weeknd responded directly on his social channels:
— Abel Tesfaye (@theweeknd) March 1, 2023
In a longer response, The Weeknd told Interview magazine the following: "As an artist, you have to know that you can’t please everybody, and you have to accept that it comes with the job. You have to remind yourself that everybody that knows you, knows you’re a good person. If you’re going out there trying to prove to people you’re a good person all the time, then it becomes like a dead end. But what I’ve learned is, with time people will learn to understand. But I have thick skin. I’m used to it."
Before arriving on the small screen, The Idol will actually have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May, launching the show on a huge platform before debuting on Sunday 4 June on HBO in the States. We should anticipate seeing it debut on Sky Atlantic and NOW Entertainment from Monday 5 June in Ireland and the UK. Check out the latest teaser right here:
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