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Cannes 2023: The Weeknd And Lily Rose-Depp’s ‘The Idol’ Gets A 5-Minute Long Standing Ovation

Billed as the ‘sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood,’ ‘The Idol’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.

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Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye, Lily Rose-Depp and Sam Levinson at the The Idol screening. (Image: Reuters)
Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye, Lily Rose-Depp and Sam Levinson at the The Idol screening. (Image: Reuters)

The highly anticipated series The Idol was screened at the ongoing Cannes film festival 2023 on Monday night. Much to the makers’ relief, the series got a thunderous response by the audience present at the theater and went on to receive a five-minute-standing ovation at Cannes 2023.

Starring Lily-Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) in the lead roles, The Idol has been made by filmmaker Sam Levinson. According to Deadline, after the screening of the first two episodes of the series which will make its TV debut next month, the filmmaker turned emotional while addressing the crowd at the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

Standing next to Lily Rose-Depp and Abel Tesfaye, Sam Levinson said, ”I am incredibly proud of this show, and I’m proud of the way we made this show. I feel like I gained a family .. I know that sounds a little culty but that’s the way it feels.”

The Idol stars Depp as Jocelyn, a super-ambitious Britney-esque character who has recently hit the big time in the dog-eat-dog world of showbiz. The show chronicles her journey after a nervous breakdown derails her last tour. Determined to claim her rightful status as the greatest and sexiest pop star in America, what happens next forms the crux of the series.

The first two episodes shown at the premiere introduced Lily Rose-Depp’s character Jocelyn, who’s dissatisfied with her comeback record and wants to hold back on releasing it. She then goes on to meet Abel’s character Tedros (Tesfaye), who is a nightclub impresario with a sordid past, in his club. It’s an instant hook up. He turns on the coercive control fast along with some 50 Shades-level BDSM and makes her remix her record that night, filling it with the sounds of her sexual panting, Deadline reported.

The Idol is all set to stream on HBO from June 6, 2023.

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