HBO Max has dropped the first teaser trailer for its highly-anticipated drama The Idol.
Back in November, Variety reported that the popular streamer officially ordered The Weeknd-led series for a total of six episodes.
Alongside the Blinding Lights singer, who serves as co-writer and executive producer, Euphoria’s Sam Levinson also joined the series as its co-creator.
“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,” said Executive Vice President of HBO Programming Francesca Orsi.
The show is set to follow a self-help guru (The Weeknd), who is also the leader of a cult, that ends up in a relationship with a rising pop star (Lily-Rose Depp).
On 17 July, months after its initial announcement, HBO Max delivered the first teaser of the new series.
At the start of the trailer, a choreographer directs Depp’s character and her bevvy of dancers.
“All right, music,” she shouts while clapping.
As she continues to lead the pop star and her dancers, rambunctious party scenes, drug use, and the luxurious backdrop of the Hollywood Hills are shown simultaneously.
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“Lick it, spank it, drop it, camera, money, uh-uh-uh. More, more, more. Orgy!” the choreographer shouts.
Towards the end of the teaser, The Weeknd’s character asks Depp’s character, “Why don’t you just be yourself?” to which she responds: “Because there’s nothing about me that’s relatable.”
The trailer also featured a glimpse of Troye Sivan, who’s set to star in the series in an unidentified role.
Back in February, the beloved pop star opened up about filming the forthcoming series during an interview with W Magazine.
“I’m just having the best time. I think because [filming] has been such a long time and it’s been so consistent, I feel like, ‘Oh, I could really, really do this,'” he said regarding the show and his potential acting future.
“I’m having such a good time and the quality of every single aspect of production like this is so inspiring to watch. It’s just a crazy experience, it’s been so fun.”
Alongside the inclusion of The Weeknd, Depp and Sivan, the series is also set to feature Steve Zissi, Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Elizabeth Berkley, Nico Hiraga, Anne Heche, Debbie Ryan and Hari Nef.
Check out the first trailer for HBO Max’s new series The Idol here or below.