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June 5, 2018 at 1:39 pm #1202559335
Zendaya is set to star in HBO’s gritty drama pilot Euphoria. The network announced the entire cast of the hot project, an update of an Israeli format, on Tuesday.
Zendaya is one of 12 actors joining the project, described by one exec as “Kids meets Trainspotting.” She’s joined by Maude Apatow, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney.
Based on an Israeli series with the same name, Euphoria is being written by Sam Levinson (Wizard of Lies) and is described as a story of “drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.” The original series premiered back in 2012, but HBO only announced the pilot in March.
Euphoria was created by Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin and Tmira Yardeni, who also serve as executive producers on the Stateside take. A24 is producing, with Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi and Gary Lennon serving as executive producers. Augustine Frizzell is directing the pilot.
Source: The Hollywood ReporterJune 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm #1202559350
Hmm.June 5, 2018 at 5:27 pm #1202559427
That description does not seem very on-brand for HBO but we’ll see…
I found Zendaya charming in her brief Spiderman role but nothing about that really suggested she had the capacity for a “gritty HBO drama.” I think the only other things she’s done have been Greatest Showman (which I didn’t see) and her Disney/Nickelodeon show (not sure which it way). Anyone who has seen those think she can pull this off?June 5, 2018 at 5:46 pm #1202559432
No thanks.June 5, 2018 at 6:15 pm #1202559437
I always found Zendaya more a fashion icon than a good actress, but I am curious about a teen show in HBO.
But I found this news a little strange because HBO already have a teen project with “Prep”.June 5, 2018 at 7:27 pm #1202559454
Ya this seems super off-brand for HBO…
Anyways, I don’t get the hype around Zendaya’s acting. I wouldn’t judge her performance on a disney show (is anyone good there?) but from the 2 movies I’ve seen, she doesn’t really stand out in terms of talent when someone like Saoirse Ronan is only 2 years older.
I thought she was fine in spiderman with like 7 lines, and I didn’t think her performance in the greatest showman was as amazing as some said.June 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm #1202559463
Lol Zendaya in that role? This is gonna be awful, no thanks.June 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm #1202559477
HBO is obvi trying to rival 13 Reasons Why. But this probably won’t end well.June 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm #1202559508
When was the last great high school drama series (excluding American Vandal since it’s a miniseries)? Friday Night Lights seven years ago?June 5, 2018 at 10:33 pm #1202559524
That description does not seem very on-brand for HBO but we’ll see… I found Zendaya charming in her brief Spiderman role but nothing about that really suggested she had the capacity for a “gritty HBO drama.”
The Spiderman role you couldn’t really judge either way whether someone could star in a show like this – doubtful that was the lynchpin. Maybe she just crushed the audition. With someone that has such a limited body of work, it can be presumptive to say they CAN’T pull a role off. Sometimes there’s a level of talent that just hasn’t been mined yet.June 6, 2018 at 12:04 am #1202559573
This seems like another show about a bunch of young, pretty people living wild, melodramatic lives, which were all the rage in British and Aussie TV for a few years. Could be decent but also could be very annoying and derivative.June 6, 2018 at 5:54 am #1202559649
Read the pilot episode. Very sexual in content. Feels like Zendaya is trying to get far away from Disney roots with this one.June 6, 2018 at 9:25 am #1202559836
This sounds like something I can skip.June 6, 2018 at 2:14 pm #1202560016
I heard its very similar to the British E4 series SKINS. This is a dumb move by HBO. HBO is not where teens view content. Young adults (i.e. college students/post-grads) can’t afford HBO. They have the more affordable options of Netflix and Hulu… which is where a teen/young adult show (like 13 Reasons Why) can thrive. Those who can afford HBO want to watch more mature/intellectual content.
This is apparently their effort to make HBO Now competitive with Netflix. If this is picked up to series, it will definitely cheapen the HBO brand.
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