The talent — aged 25 and under — on Variety’s annual list are platform agnostic (and so are the adult reps on the list who’ve impacted the careers of young performers). Showbiz finds stars almost anywhere — and it’s an exciting time when YouTubers move into traditional, while the music biz can mine various platforms for exciting new talent. On our Up Next report, we focus on talent poised for a breakthrough.
Elordi got his big break this summer as Noah Flynn in Netflix hit “The Kissing Booth”— the film Netflix boss Ted Sarandos says one in three viewers re-watch. “In hindsight, I think this movie struck a chord because it’s just pure enjoyment,” Elordi says. The Aussie, who grew up breaking down scripts like “Blue Valentine” for fun, will appear next in tearjerker “2 Hearts,” horror anthology series “The Mortuary Collection” and HBO ensemble drama “Euphoria.” “I got into that three weeks before ‘Kissing Booth’ got released, and it was my dream job straightaway. It’s like a cacophony of madness,” Elordi says of the series produced by Drake.
HBO doesn’t make teen TV. It makes sprawling historical dramas with timeless yet prescient themes. It makes gritty mysteries featuring detectives who realize the biggest mystery of all is trying to unravel themselves. It makes television about (and for) upper-middle-class women who sip merlot on their porch while contemplating their textured inner lives. It does not make shows about the time Becky walked in on Serena giving a handy to her boyfriend at Tommy Filbin’s pre-Halloween rager.
And the most prestigious of all the prestige networks has been content to let the CWs and Freeforms of the world handle all of those high school concerns while it worries about trying to figure out a way to get Nicole Kidman more Emmys.
Yet, as streaming has disrupted the way we watch television over the past few years, so too has it disrupted traditional notions of audience segmentation and target viewers. As it turns out, the same people who enjoy watching Carrie Coon navigate the end of the world also sometimes like to watch Becky and Serena battle it out for prom queen. Raise your hands if you have both a college degree and strong feelings about Riverdale.
So, perhaps sensing that there’s an audience out there for the first truly prestige teen TV show, HBO has ordered Euphoria to series. Adapted from an Israeli series and co-produced by Drake (who knows a thing or two about groundbreaking teen television that goes there, as he recently reminded us), the series will star Zendaya as a pathological liar who ropes everyone around her into a world of sex, drugs, and social media.
Zendaya alone is a selling point, being one of the true icons of Generation Z, but this is HBO. It turns out that the cast is completely packed full of social media savvy teen icons and promising young up-and-coming actors. Here, get to know the rest of the cast of Euphoria, who may be poised to become the most talked-about teen TV cast ever.
Just a few months ago, no one knew who Jacob Elordi was. Then Netflix released The Kissing Booth, a teen rom-com whose viral success (along with Elordi’s real-life relationship with co-star Joey King) has rocketed the 21-year-old actor to the sort of fame that has netted him 5.2 million followers. The Jacob Elordi business is hot right now, and HBO is buying in at the exact right time.
HBO has picked up the drama “Euphoria” to series with both Drake and Future the Prince joining the show as executive producers, Variety has learned.
“Euphoria” follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. It is based on the Israeli series of the same name from HOT that was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, both of whom are executive producers on the HBO version.
Zendaya will play the lead role of Rue. In addition, the show will also star: Maude Apatow as Lexi, Brian “Astro” Bradley as McKay, Angus Cloud as Fezco, Eric Dane as Cal, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Nika King as Leslie, Storm Reid as Gia, Hunter Schafer as Jules, and Sydney Sweeney as Cassie.
This will mark the first TV producing credits for both Drake and Future the Prince, with the former known early in his career for his time as an actor on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” before becoming a world-renowned musician. Future the Prince serves as Drake’s DJ and manager.
All episodes of of the series are being written by Sam Levinson, who will also serve as executive producer. In addition to Levinson, Drake, Future the Prince, Leshem, and Levin, the other executive producers on the series are: Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi, and Gary Lennon.
Augustine Frizzell directed and served as co-executive producer on the pilot, which HBO ordered in March. A24 will produce for HBO.
Among HBO’s other recent series pick ups is the Joss Whedon series “The Nevers,” which was ordered earlier this month. The premium cabler also announced just last week that they are moving ahead on the long-gestating “Deadwood” movie. On the pilot side, HBO recently ordered the Danny McBride televangelist comedy “The Righteous Gemstones” as well as Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” and a “Game of Thrones” prequel from Jane Goldman.
This needs to happen…
It’s only been out one month but it’s safe to say that The Kissing Booth is one of the biggest movies of the year so far. Not only has the teen drama gained a legion of loyal fans thanks to its relatable script and on-screen/irl romance but it’s also “one of the most watched” films on Netflix right now. Viewers can’t get enough of Elle (Joey King) and Noah (Jacob Elordi).
The film follows Elle as she is caught in a dilemma. She and Lee (Joel Courtney) have been best friends since birth BUT they have one rule to protect their relationship: relatives are off limits. This is all fine until Elle falls in love with Lee’s older brother Noah and a whole lot of drama unfolds. Obviously it is amazing and people are completely obsessed with it.
In fact, fans love it so much that they are already campaigning for the movie to be turned into a series.
The Jacob Elordi thirst is real.
And the gag is that it would actually makes sense for Netflix to make a series of The Kissing Booth. It would be an incredible way to explore want happens to Elle and Noah when Noah goes off to college. Not to mention the fact that, Beth Reekles, the writer of the novel that The Kissing Booth is based on, has even written a companion novella to the original. The Beach House takes place during the summer of The Kissing Booth and it could easily be adapted into a series of its own.
As it stands, it is currently unknown if Netflix have any plans to turn the romantic comedy into its own series but it’s a definite possibility. Not only are Jacob and Joey actually boyfriend and girlfriend but the whole cast are really close to each other. Just this week The Kissing Booth team reunited.
Could a series or sequel already be in the works? Fingers crossed.
Get ready for more Jacob Elordi on your screens because he’s just booked a role on a huge new TV show.
If you haven’t watched The Kissing Booth on Netflix yet, then you probably haven’t had time to fall in love with Australian actor and all round legend, Jacob Elordi. Jacob, who only has a handful of on-screen roles to his name so far, shot to internet stardom after starring in the Netflix teen romcom alongside his real life girlfriend Joey King and now it looks like we’re about to be seeing even more of him.
Yep, get ready for a whooole lot more Jacob screen-time because he’s just been cast in a brand new HBO show alongside side some very famous people and it’s a preeeeetty huge deal.
Jacob will be starring in HBO’s new show called ‘Euphoria’, an adaptation of the Israeli series of the same name. It’s described as the story of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship all told by a lying, drug addicted 17-year-old girl named Rue. Sounds spicy, right?
Zendaya has been cast as the lead role of Rue alongside a cast of 11 other huge stars. The pilot episode will also feature: Maude Apatow as Lexi, Brian “Astro” Bradley as McKay, Angus Cloud as Fezco, Eric Dane as Cal, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Nika King as Leslie, Storm Reid as Gia, Hunter Schafer as Jules, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie and of course, Jacob Elordi as Nate.
No other details about his – or anyone else’s – character have been released just yet. All the character names have been changed from the original version so it’s unclear who is playing who, or if the same characters will be used in the US adaptation at all.
The original series ran from 2012-2013 and only had 10 episodes. So far, HBO has only ordered the pilot episode of the series. If it does well, it could be picked up for a full season which means more Zendaya and a LOT more Jacob Elordi.
Jacob Elordi From ‘The Kissing Booth’ Will Star In A Terrifying New Horror Film
The Mortuary Collection looks set to be one of this year’s must-see movies…
Jacob Elordi may be best known for his starring role in The Kissing Booth and his budding romance with his brilliant co-star Joey King but that could all be about to change. Not only is he going to act in a new HBO show, Euphoria, with living legend Zendaya, but he is also going to front a new horror film called The Mortuary Collection.
Written and directed by scary movie king Ryan Spindell, The Mortuary Collection tells the tale of a young girl who stumbles across a mortuary and soon finds herself the subject of a world of horror. To make things even more exciting, it apparently taps into four major horror sub genres: slasher, monster, ghost and thriller.
On top of that The Mortuary Collection is due to come out at some point later this year. In other words, we are going to be blessed with a brand new Jacob Elordi film in a matter of mere months. It’s okay. We’re hyperventilating too.
Jacob will play the role of Jake in the film. As it stands, little is known about his character but, considering just how gifted an actor Jake is, we imagine that his performance will be nothing short of amazing. If it’s anywhere near as good as his one in The Kissing Booth, we’re in for a treat.
Jacob will star alongside other talents such as Barak Hardely (Master of None), Brennan Murray (Jane the Virgin) and Emma Horvath (Like.Share.Follow.) in the highly anticipated new feature. A trailer is yet to be released for it but we will be sure to update you as soon as it does.
We cannot wait to see it and find out what else Jacob stars in next.