Cannes 2023: Will The Weeknd’s ‘The Idol’ Make Its Debut?


| LAST UPDATE 03/12/2023

By Amelie Durham
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The Idol, an ambitious and daring series from HBO, is hoping to have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Creators Sam Levinson and The Weeknd have put in their all to make sure that it stands out from other shows by reshooting scenes with more graphic and shocking content - which has raised some serious eyebrows with both fans and critics alike. A teaser preview has since been released to the public with no air date being presented as of yet, which leaves everyone guessing when this extraordinary show will be available for viewing.

Director Levinson's highly-anticipated movie is creating a buzz amongst film and entertainment buffs across the globe. If selected for Cannes 2023, audiences will be given an intense glimpse into a shady underworld of fame-driven cults, featuring dangerous lifestyles and secrets closely guarded. On this exciting journey, viewers will be exposed to dark undertones that are similar to the themes of shows such as Twin Peaks: The Return and Top of the Lake, which have all made their mark in previous years' lineups at Cannes. But until the selection announcement is made, one can only speculate if Levinson's series has what it takes to make another appearance on an A-list platform like Cannes!

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This speculation sparked The Weeknd to post a clip from one of his songs taking a thinly veiled aim at Rolling Stone magazine’s audience reach due to their celebrity-oriented content; Lily-Rose Depp, the female lead star of The Idol whose character experiences different vignettes of danger within her life, followed up shortly after in support of Levinson expressing her belief on how valued she felt throughout production compared to working with other directors in creative spaces.

From intense action sequences to spectacular visuals, this series promises something special for viewers. With Cannes 2023's selection process underway, fans are desperate to know if this stunning venture will be accepted into their lineup. Will it live up to the hype or fall short? The only thing we can do is wait and see what fate awaits us!

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