The show stars Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, a rising pop star on a mission to reignite her fame after canceling her last tour, and The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) as Tedros, a nightclub owner and cult leader who promises to help Jocelyn elevate her career to unforeseen heights. â€œYouâ€™re the American dream,â€ Tedros tells Jocelyn in a voiceover. â€œRags to riches. Trailers to mansions. You are f*cking Jocelyn.â€
Later, a troubled voice, off-screen, says, â€œHeâ€™s brainwashed her,â€ before Tesfayeâ€™s character appears hauntingly laughing. â€œYouâ€™re not a human being. Youâ€™re a star,â€ he says in the trailerâ€™s closing.
In addition to Depp and Tesfaye, the heavyweight cast includes Troye Sivan, Dan Levy, Daâ€™Vine Joy Randolph, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Jennie Ruby Jane, Mike Dean, Moses Sumney, Rachel Sennott, Ramsey, Suzanna Son, and Hank Azaria. Tesfaye is billed as a co-creator of the series, alongside Levinson and Reza Fahim.
The IdolÂ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last week, garnering a five-minute standing ovation from the audience. Following its private debut, however, the series was met with several harsh reviews from critics, withÂ Rolling StoneÂ describing it as â€œnasty, brutish, much longer than it is, and way, way worse than youâ€™d have anticipated.â€ The public will have to form their own opinions on the show, once it becomes available for streaming via Max on June 4.
Watch the official trailer forÂ The IdolÂ above.
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