Present at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the series the idolCanadian singer and now actor Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, debuted with the new HBO Max production, where he plays the villain Tedros alongside Lily-Rose Depp.
The first chapters of the idol premiered at the Grand Theater Lumière during the Cannes Film Festival, receiving a five-minute standing ovation.
Service streaming describes this new production as “a toxic love story” starring Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, an aspiring pop star who stumbles across Tedros (The Weeknd), a self-help guru and shady nightclub manager in New York. Los Angeles, completely falling under his influence. In the background, there is the music industry with the obvious corollary of sex, drugs and various transgressions.
“My character is dark, he is Dracula”
During a press conference at the famous film festival, the 33-year-old Canadian, who is also a co-creator and co-producer of the series with Sam Levinson (Euphoria), shared that he was inspired by Dracula to develop the character of Tedros.
Ambiguous and charming, Tedros is a perfect fit for the popular rapper, representing his antithesis: a man with great ambition, but frustrated by a lack of talent.
I fell in love with this strange character and it became something different. It’s hard to know where the exact inspiration came from, luckily I’ve never really met a character like Tedros. But the first character I was inspired by maybe is Dracula.
With this in mind, Abel explained that, for him, the greatest inspiration for the Show He wasn’t a famous singer, but a famous vampire. An original and subtle metaphor for the “blood-sucking” executives of the music industry.
the idol causes controversy
Despite his success, the idol It has been surrounded by controversy and unfavorable critical comment, particularly due to its graphic and sexual content, as well as allegations of a toxic environment on set.
Even so, the public will always have the last word once the six chapters of the idol land on HBO Max on June 4. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer below.