New ‘The Idol’ Trailer Shows Off the Dark Side of Hollywood Glamour

During Saturday’s Las Vegas concert, The Weeknd dropped more teasing NSFW footage from his upcoming HBO series The Idol. Direct “from the gutters of Hollywood”, the series was created by Euphoria visionary Sam Levinson, along with The Weeknd, and the singer’s producing partner Reza Fahim. The Idol stars Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye alongside Lily-Rose Depp in her first major TV role. According to the synopsis, the six-episode drama takes place within the music industry, with pop star Jocelyn (Rose-Depp) seduced by cult leader Tedros (Tesfaye) in “the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood.” 

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Image: Lily Rose-Depp in 'The Idol' | Image: HBO

Image: Lily Rose-Depp in ‘The Idol’ | Image: HBO

In addition to Tesfaye and Depp, the new trailer introduces the starry ensemble cast, which includes Suzanna Son, Troye Sivan, Moses Sumney, Jane Adams, Dan Levy, BLACKPINK’s Jennie Ruby Jane, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennot, Hari Nef, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Mike Dean, Ramsey and Hank Azaria. HBO has yet to announce a release date for the show, but the trailer promises it’s “coming soon.”

The series received a creative overhaul in April after director Amy Seimetz left the project. An HBO spokeswoman shared with Deadline, “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. The production will be adjusting its cast and crew accordingly to best serve this new approach to the series.” Back in 2020, The Weeknd spoke to Rolling Stone about the project, saying “I just want to be a filmmaker, I want to make great cinema.”

The new trailer for The Idol opens with the words “from the gutters of Hollywood” and sees The Weeknd’s character answering the phone with the ominous line: “Hello, Angel”. From there, the clip gets increasingly more erratic and explosive. Headlined by moody shots of power walks and model shots, the trailer slowly descends into a sultry dance performance that climaxes with Dan Levy questioning: “This is sex?”

Needless to say, The Idol probably isn’t one to watch with your parent when it finally is released. Until, then, you can watch the second trailer for the upcoming HBO series above.

Image: Lily Rose-Depp and Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye in ‘The Idol’ | Image: HBO

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Image: Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye in The Idol

Chad Kennerk

Chad Kennerk

Chad Kennerk is a storyteller, entertainment writer, and self-proclaimed cinephile. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from The Actors Studio in New York City, a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University, and attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He serves as the Digital Editor of Film Review, and as an Analyst/Staff Writer for Boxoffice Pro.