HBO’s music industry drama series adds six to cast – deadline


HBO beefed up its cast for the music industry drama series The idol. Juliebeth Gonzalez has been added as a series regular, and Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf), Tyson Ritter (Preacher), Kate Lyn Sheil (Card castle), Liz Sierra and Finley Rose Slater (Play with fire) will recur in the series, co-created by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye and Reza Fahim. The high-profile hour-long drama is currently in production.

The series, which will be filmed in and around Los Angeles, sees pop star Tesfaye, known for her hits as “Blinding Lights,” alongside Lily-Rose Depp, as revealed by Deadline in September, as well as the co-writing and executive production.

The idol, in the context of the music industry, focuses on a self-help guru and modern-day cult leader, who develops a complicated relationship with an aspiring pop idol.

In addition to Tesfaye and Depp, the six new cast join previously announced cast Suzanna Son, Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Steve Zissis, Troye Sivan, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Nico Hiraga and Anne Heche. Details of the characters are kept secret.

Levinson co-created the series with Tesfaye and his production partner Reza Fahim, a nightlife entrepreneur turned writer.

Joe Epstein (health and wellbeing) will serve as showrunner and writer on the series. Levinson, Tesfaye, Fahim, Epstein, Seimetz, Ashley Levinson, Kevin Turen, Nick Hall, Sara E. White and Aaron Gilbert of Bron Studios will produce with A24.

Gonzalez is replaced by Henderson Represents Inc and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein; Eshet by Principal Entertainment LA, TCA and Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman; Ritter by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Behr Abramson Levy Johnson; Sheil by UTA and One Entertainment; Sierra de Grandview and Granderson des Rochers and Slater from Paloma Model and Talent and Artistic Endeavors.

Tesfaye is replaced by Christian Carino at CAA, Wassim “SAL” Slaiby at SALXCO and Kenny Meiselas and Peter Grant at Grubman, Shire, Meiselas & Sacks.


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