‘The Idol’ Updates: The Latest Racy Trailer, Premiere Date & More You Need To Know

  • The Idol will premiere on June 4, 2023.
  • Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd star in the series.
  • The show was co-created by Sam Levinson.

HBO has been on a roll creating hit TV shows like The White Lotus, House of the Dragon, and The Last Of Us, and the network hopes to keep that trend going with the upcoming drama series The Idol. Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and The Weeknd (yes, the singer! ) are the masterminds behind the Lily-Rose Depp-starring show, which will premiere on June 4.

Lily-Rose Depp & The Weeknd in ‘The Idol’. (HBO)

A new trailer was released on April 17 that teased the chaos and drama to come. The show follows Lily-Rose’s Jocelyn, an aspiring pop star, falling in love with The Weeknd’s Tedros, a self-help guru/modern-day cult leader. Their relationship becomes extremely complicated and toxic as their professional lives bleed into their personal ones. Below, HollywoodLife has rounded up everything you need to know about The Idol, including the release date, the cast, and the behind-the-scenes drama.

The Idol Trailers

The first teaser trailer for The Idol was released by The Weeknd in July 2022, as he kicked off his ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour in New Jersey. The footage shows Jocelyn striking up a romance with Tedros, which quickly turns tense. Jocelyn tells Tedros that she doesn’t trust him.

The second teaser trailer was released by The Weeknd in August 2022. It features other characters saying that they’re using Jocelyn to “sell sex,” after she struts into a record company barely wearing clothes.

The third teaser trailer dropped in October 2022, courtesy of HBO. It shows Tedro warning Jocelyn to “trust no one” but him. Tedro blindfolds Jocelyn in the music studio and seduces her. The full trailer for The Idol has yet to be released.


A fourth teaser was released on April 17. “You got the best job in the world. You should be having way more fun,” Tedros tells Jocelyn in the trailer. Jocelyn and Tedros begin dating and working together on her music. At one point, people start believing that Tedros has brainwashed Jocelyn. “I promise you, there’s a new Jocelyn coming,” the tearful pop star says in the final moments of the teaser.

The Idol Release Date

HBO has not announced the official release date for The Idol. The show was expected to premiere in 2022 but got delayed to 2023. The teaser trailer from October confirmed that the show will be out in 2023. A Rolling Stone article published in March 2023 revealed behind-the-scenes drama. At the time, production was “in the dark on when the show will make it to air, and have little idea about what the final version will look like.”

Allegedly, the show’s been delayed because of rewrites that took place once Sam Levinson replaced Amy Seimetz as director after she departed the six-episode show before they filmed the final episode. Per Rolling Stone‘s sources, the show was rewritten and reshot under Sam’s leadership, which has affected the show’s delayed release.

The Idol Cast

Lily-Rose Depp (Photo: Shutterstock)

Lily-Rose Depp stars as Jocelyn in The Idol. Lily-Rose, 23, is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. Her past acting jobs include the movies The King, Voyagers, and Silent Night. The Idol is Lily-Rose’s first television show. Back in March 2022, Lily-Rose told Wonderland that “the more I learn about the story and the character, the more I have a special feeling about this. The team around me are so great and I’m in really great hands. I’ve never done a show before and I’ve never held on to a character for this long before so I’m ready for that challenge as well.”

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, plays Tedros in The Idol. He co-created the show with Sam Levinson and Reza Fahim and he’s also one of the executive producers. This is The Weeknd’s official acting debut. He’s known for his theatrical music videos and appeared as himself in the 2019 Adam Sandler movie Uncut Gems.

The Weeknd (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Idol cast also includes Jennie Kim, Suzanna Son, Troye Sivan, Jane Adams, Dan Levy, Eli Roth, Hank Azaria, Rachel Sennott, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

The Behind-The-Scenes Drama on The Idol

As we mentioned before, Rolling Stone released intel on how production on The Idol changed once Sam Levinson took control. Allegedly, Sam decided to “weaken the show’s overarching message”, by focusing more on the sexual content, rather than the story of an up-and-coming pop star falling in love with a cult leader.

Sam Levinson (Photo: Shutterstock)

Sources claimed to Rolling Stone that director Amy Seimetz “seemed set up to fail from the start” by HBO. Amy reportedly “was given half-finished scripts, a tight schedule, and near-impossible expectations from HBO” while she was working on the show, Rolling Stone reported. Also, HBO reportedly only gave the show a $54 million budget, much less than the $97 million it cost to create the second season of Euphoria. The Rolling Stone report also claimed that The Weeknd and Sam had limited availability to work on the show, because they were busy with touring and Euphoria, respectively.

After Sam replaced Amy as director of the rest of the series in April 2022, a report from Deadline came out that claimed The Weeknd was “unhappy” that the show focused more on Lily-Rose with a “female perspective”. Regarding this situation, a source told Rolling Stone, “It was like the Weeknd wanted one show that was all about him — Sam was on board with that.”

Following the release of Rolling Stone‘s report, The Weeknd took to Twitter on March 1 and jabbed at the allegations by sharing a scene from the the show, in which his character bashes the news outlet. He also cheekily asked, “Did we upset you?”

In a statement given to PEOPLE, HBO denied the accusations and shared how the network is excited about the new show. “The creators and producers of The Idol have been working hard to create one of HBO’s most exciting and provocative original programs. The initial approach on the show and production of the early episodes, unfortunately, did not meet HBO standards so we chose to make a change. Throughout the process, the creative team has been committed to creating a safe, collaborative, and mutually respectful working environment, and last year, the team made creative changes they felt were in the best interest of both the production and the cast and crew. We look forward to sharing The Idol with audiences soon,” the statement read.

Lily-Rose also gave her own statement to PEOPLE and praised Sam Levinson, saying, “Sam is, for so many reasons, the best director I have ever worked with. Never have I felt more supported or respected in a creative space, my input and opinions more valued. Working with Sam is a true collaboration in every way – it matters to him, more than anything, not only what his actors think about the work, but how we feel performing it. He hires people whose work he esteems and has always created an environment in which I felt seen, heard, and appreciated.”

The Idol reportedly wrapped filming in October 2022, even though production was supposed to be finished long before then. A crew member told Rolling Stone they were “drained” by the end of filming. HollywoodLife will continue to share updates on The Idol right here.

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Lily-Rose Depp is a half-French, half-American actress & model and is the daughter of American actor Johnny Depp and French singer, Vanessa Paradis. She splits her time in France & America. Lily has an amazing modeling career and has been an Chanel ambassador since she was just a teen. In fact, she was handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld at just 15 years old. Aside from modeling, Lily has also broken into acting and starred in a few small films before landing roles in the films, 'A Faithful Man,' 'The King,' and 'Dreamland.' She was nominated for César Awards for Most Promising Actress for her performances in 'The Dancer' and 'A Faithful Man' (2018). You can see all of the gorgeous pics of Lily when you click through the gallery!

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