HBO World Premiere of Controversial Sexy Pop Star SeriesIdol received a courtesy applause from the festival audience at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night with the standard 5 minute standing ovation and a few tears. Series director and co-creator Sam Levinson began to choke up during his post-screening acknowledgments.
Saying it was a “dream” to attend Cannes, Levinson refuted about set chaos and Series reporting on poor working conditions during production, said he was “proud of the show and the way we made it.”
Levinson, Reza Fahim and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye co-created the show, which stars Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, a Britney-like A self-made pop star like Spears was in crisis after her mother died. In her vulnerable state, she is seduced by Tedros, the charismatic leader of an NXIVM-like cult played by Tesfaye in his TV acting debut. Tesfaye and Depp join Levinson on the Cannes red carpet, along with most of the iconic supporting cast including Moses Sumney, Troy Sivan, Jenny King and Jane Adams. HBO boss Casey Bloys and David Zaslav, chief executive of HBO parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, also traveled to Cannes to support the show.
SERIES OF SEXUAL CONTENT — includes revenge porn pics, occasional nudity, and some Moderate S&M — Moderate by Cannes standards, but could cause a scandal in the US when The Idol premieres on HBO on June 4th . Levinson explicit fans Euphoria will know what they’re getting into.
Even more controversial is the behind-the-scenes coverage of last-minute edits to , Budget issues and allegations of a chaotic working environment on the set of The Idol*). These were originally published on The allegations on Rolling Stone have been categorically denied by Depp and The Weeknd.
Levinson pushed back on that claim on Monday night, praising members of the The Idol cast, Signaling to Depp, he called him “fearless,” adding while making the series, “I feel like I have a family. I know it’s a bit cult, but that’s what it feels like.”