The Weeknd to star in HBO’s ‘The Idol’

Series will film in Los Angeles

HBO has ordered the drama series The Idol, co-created by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Sam Levinson (HBO’s Euphoria) and Reza Fahim. The series will be filmed in and around Los Angeles.

Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Experience, Atlanta, She Dies Tomorrow, Sun Don’t Shine) is set to direct all six episodes and will also serve as an executive producer.

The series stars The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp and Suzanna Son.

The Idol, set against the backdrop of the music industry, centers on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult, who develops a complicated relationship with an up-and-coming pop idol.

“When the multi-talented Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye, Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson brought us The Idol, it was clear their subversive, revelatory take on the cult of the music industry was unlike anything HBO had ever done before,” says Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. “Shortly after, the brilliant duo of Joe Epstein and Amy Seimetz joined forces with the rest of the team, and this dream became a reality.”

The Weeknd, Levinson, Fahim, and Joe Epstein will serve as executive producers and writers with Seimetz, Kevin Turen (HBO’s Euphoria), Ashley Levinson (HBO’s Euphoria), Nick Hall (HBO’s The White Lotus), Sara E. White (Station 19), Aaron Gilbert and A24 all named executive producers.

No word on when the show will premiere.

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