The Weeknd’s HBO Series ‘The Idol’ Gets Green Light, Adds Eight to Cast

HBO Officially Ordered The Weeknd’s Drama Series ‘The Idol’ Variety has learned.

The Weeknd will star in the six-episode series, first announced to be in development in June, and also co-creator. Set against the backdrop of the music industry, the series revolves around a self-help guru and leader of a modern cult who develops a complicated relationship with a rising pop idol.

Together with The Weeknd, it was previously announced that Lily-Rose Depp would star in the series. Amy Seimetz is also now on board to direct all six episodes. Variety has also learned that eight more actors have been added to the cast.

Suzanna Son (“Red Rocket”), Melanie Liburd (“Power Book II: Ghost”, “This Is Us”), Tunde Adebimpe (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”, “Lazor Wulf”), Steve Zissis (“Togetherness, ” “Jeff Who Lives at Home”), Troye Sivan (“Spud”, “Boy Erased”), Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (“Showgirls”, “Saved by the Bell”), Nico Hiraga (“Booksmart”, “Moxie”) , and Anne Heche (“Return to Paradise”, “Six Days Seven Nights”) have all been cast in the series. Son, Zissis and Sivan will all appear in series regular roles, with the other five returning.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, will co-write and executive produce with Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson, and all three are credited as creators of the show. Joe Epstein will write and executive produce in addition to being showrunner. Seimetz will executive produce and direct. Levinson will executive produce through Little Lamb along with Ashley Levinson and Kevin Turen. Aaron L. Giibert will executive produce through Bron Studios. Nick Hall and Sara E. White will executive produce along with A24.

“When the multi-talented Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye, Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson brought us ‘The Idol’, it was clear that their subversive, revealing take on the music industry cult was unlike anything HBO had ever done before. said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of 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.”

Son is represented by Grandview and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Liburd is represented by Identity Agency Group, UTA, R&CPMK and Felker Toczek. Adebimpe is represented by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Hertz Lichtenstein Young & Polk LLP. Zissis is represented by Artists First, A3 Artists Agency and Ziffren Brittenham. Sivan is represented by CAA and Full Stop Management. Berkley Lauren is represented by Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer. Hiraga is represented by Wonder Street, WME and Myman Greenspan. Heche is represented by Zero Gravity Management and APA. Seimetz is represented by CAA, Fusion Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

(Pictured, left to right: The Weeknd, Troye Sivan, Anne Heche)

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