HBO has officially ordered “The Idol,” the drama series starring The Weeknd.
Set against the backdrop of the music industry, the series 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. (Variety)
The six-episode series will also star Lily-Rose Depp, Melanie Liburd, Anne Heche, and Suzanna Son.
Amy Seimetz has been tapped to direct the series.
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, will server as co-writer and executive producer along with Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson (“Euphoria”).
Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming said:
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.
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.
I will keep you posted as more updates are released about this series.