Co-created by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, and Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, the six-episode drama is “set against the backdrop of the music industry and 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,” according to HBO’s official synopsis.
Written by The Weeknd, Levinson, Fahim, and Joe Epstein, The Idol features a supporting cast that includes Troye Sivan, Jennie Kim, Debby Ryan, Rachel Sennott, Steve Zissis, Hari Nef, and Juliebeth Gonzalez.
In addition, Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Elizabeth Berkley, Nico Hiraga, Anne Heche, Maya Eshet, Tyson Ritter, Kate Lyn Sheil, Liz Caribel Sierra, and Finley Rose Slater are slated to make appearances.
“‘The Idol’s’ creative team continues to build, refine, and evolve their vision for the show and they have aligned on a new creative direction,” HBO told Variety in April. “The production will be adjusting its cast and crew accordingly to best serve this new approach to the series. We look forward to sharing more information soon.”
HBO has yet to announce a release date set for the show, with the trailer, which premiered at the Weeknd’s concert at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday night, teasing that it’s “coming soon.”
Watch the new teaser trailer for The Idol up top.