Zendaya, turning 22 in September, has been cast as the lead in a forthcoming HBO drama series, Euphoria.
The actress confirmed the news this week on social media.
HBO ordered the show’s pilot in March, and they recently announced that Drake and his manager, Future the Prince (real name Adel Nur), have joined on as executive producers.
They have now officially ordered a 10-episode series, and Euphoria is being produced by New York-based media company A24.
Here’s everything we know so far about Euphoria, the new Zendaya TV show.
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Euphoria, according to HBO, "follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship."
It’s based on an Israeli series of the same name that aired on HOT3 between 2012 and 2013. Sam Levinson adapted the show into the 10 episodes we’ll be seeing on HBO.
HBO's David Levine said back in March, "We’re always looking for things from Israel because of the innovation and the way things are filmed."
The IMDb description of the original drama (not the new Zendaya TV show) reads, "Euphoria portrays a sexy, troubling and bold profile of the teens of the nineties, within a raging drama going on behind teenagers' closed doors." Does this remind you of a little show called Skins? (Or am I the only one?)
Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, creators of the Israeli series, will join Drake and Future the Prince as executive producers.
Zendaya posted a short (extremely short) promo for the Euphoria show this week. Drake also shared the preview on his social feeds with the line, "side effects include #EUPHORIA. coming soon."
Watch the clip below:
Euphoria show release date
HBO has not yet announced a release date, but Zendaya and Drake both indicated on social media that the show is coming soon.
So far, HBO has announced the following 12 cast members in the Euphoria show:
Zendaya as Rue
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
Sydney Sweeney as Cassie
This marks Drake's second producer credit — he acted as executive producer on The Carter Effect, a documentary about NBA star Vince Carter that premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
"I'm sure I'll stop [making music] one day," Drake told the Hollywood Reporter (THR) last year. "When it starts to feel like I'm making it up. Hopefully I'll catch it before I ever get there, right? But right now it feels like we just started, so I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. But I do plan on expanding — to take six months or a year to myself and do some great films."
He assures THR that even if he takes time off to focus on the film industry, "music's always there." As he puts it in his In My Feelings song, "the new me is really still the real me." (Couldn't help myself.)