The last time Sam Levinson teamed up with a musician, it was Drake and the pair sent us spiralling with Euphoria. After watching the trailer for Levinson's latest series The Idol, a collaboration between him and Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, it appears we're in for an equally chaotic time.
Lily-Rose Depp takes the lead as a famous pop singer, while The Weeknd is a LA nightclub owner notorious for debaucherous behaviour and being a little bit dangerous. Naturally, the two become enmeshed in a tumultuous relationship that is giving very much Spring Breakers energy.
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The trailer opens with text that reads: "from the sick and twisted minds of Creator of Euphoria, Sam Levinson and Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye". A choreographer appears to be directing a music video, and her instructions are edited over a sleazy reel of cocaine-snorting, panty-dropping, weed smoking, cash-counting and hair flipping. Basically all the actions we've come to associate with the hedonism of America's music industry.
Since The Idol was announced, a revolving door of cast members has been attached to it. The trailer confirms that Troye Sivan is acting in the six-part series, as is A24 alum and Bodies Bodies Bodies star Rachel Sennott. More importantly, it offers us a glimpse of BLACKPINK star Jennie as a backup dancer to Depp's character Jocelyn. And that's all we can make out at this stage. As for those rumours about Britney Spears having a cameo? We're going to have to sit tight to find out.
When can we watch The Idol?
After months of waiting on tenterhooks for an official premiere date, The Idol, we finally have some concrete answers. The highly anticipated show is set to premiere off-schedule at Cannes Film Festival this May. According to IndieWire, the audience will be able to watch "two or three" showcased episodes.
In the meantime, preview the trailer for The Idol below.