The Weeknd Confirms Release Date For 'The Idol' & Shares New Footage

By Tony M. Centeno

April 18, 2023

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The Weeknd's debut TV series is slated to arrive this summer.

On Tuesday, April 17, the "Blinding Lights" singer, born Abel Tesfaye, posted the latest trailer for "The Idol" and finally confirmed its release date. In the longest trailer yet for the series, The Weeknd gives fans a more thorough glimpse into his lead role alongside Lily-Rose Depp to the tune of Britney Spears' "Gimme More." The 2-minute clip also sheds more light on the rest of the cast, which includes Dan Levy, Hank Azaria, Troye Sivan, Blackpink’s Jennie Ruby Jane, and more.

The Weeknd's first-ever TV series was announced last year shortly after the release of his Dawn FM album. He teamed up with "Euphoria" creator Sam Levinson to cook up a story about a self-help guru/club owner named Tedros who also happens to be the leader of a modern-day cult. The story follows Tedros as he develops a relationship with artist Jocelyn, who's working to restore her status as a pop singer. In Interview's recent conversation with the show's star, The Weeknd explained how he came up with his character.

"I wrote him, but what drew me to play him was just getting to pretend to be someone else," Tesfaye explained. "It was a challenge, because The Weeknd, obviously, isn’t me. But I drew a lot from myself to create that character. Tedros is nothing like me... I got to really play make believe and dive into a character and live in it. It was dark, but it was fun. You’ve seen some of it. It’s quite a f**king ride."

HBO's "The Idol" is set to premiere on June 4. Watch the official trailer below.

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