An official release date has been set for the controversial pop star drama series The Idol. The series’ new trailer and June 4 launch date were also released by HBO on Monday. In May, the series will make its official debut at the Cannes Film Festival. The series, which was co-created by Sam Levinson and The Weeknd, follows the lives of pop singer Jocelyn played by Lily-Rose Depp, who is trying to restart her career “as the greatest and sexiest pop star in America” after having a nervous breakdown earlier in the process. Tedros played by The Weeknd, a nightclub owner with a sketchy past, is someone she encounters. The logline for the movie states, “Will her romantic awakening take her to glorious new heights or the deepest and darkest depths of her soul?” The new trailer and release date follow exposés on the series’ production woes, including claims that Levinson’s horrific direction turned the show into “sexual torture porn,” in the midst of last-minute rewrites and ongoing production schedule delays.
After a nervous breakdown derailed Jocelyn’s last tour, she’s determined to claim her rightful status as the greatest and sexiest pop star in America. Her passions are reignited by Tedros, a nightclub impresario with a sordid past. Will her romantic awakening take her to glorious new heights or the deepest and darkest depths of her soul?
The series also stars Troye Sivan as Caleb, Jennie Kim as Angel, Suzanna Son as Chloe, Moses Sumney as Izaak, Dan Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Mike Dean, Rachel Sennott, Ramsey, Anne Heche, Elizabeth Berkley, Hank Azaria and Karl Glusman.
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