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.
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.