The Idol will focus on a self-help guru and modern-day cult leader, who develops a complicated relationship with a rising pop singer. The show was co-created by The Weeknd and his collaborators, Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson.
Among the cast of the new show is Lily-Rose Depp, Suzanna Son, Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Steve Zissis, Troye Sivan, Elizabeth Berkley Lauran, Nico Hiraga and Anne Heche. It has yet to be announced which characters each cast member will play.
“When the multitalented 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,” stated executive Francesca Orsi.
“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.”