Rapper Drake has become an executive producer on the upcoming teen drama series, Euphoria which was picked up by HBO and A24 Television. HBO ordered the Euphoria pilot in March, 2018.
The 31-year old’s life seems to be full of rainbows and sunshine, with massive success from his music career and his new Scorpion album which is number one on the US Billboard 200 Chart as well as his release of the video for his new single, Nonstop last week.
Drake will work alongside fellow rapper Future the Prince who is also his seasoned DJ and manager. There will also be many other executive producers such as Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin (who created the original Israeli TV series), Tmira Yardeni, Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi and Gary Lennon and Augustine Frizzell.
The pilot is directed by Augustine Frizzell and the script for all the series’ first 10 episodes will be written by Sam Levinson who also wrote “The Wizard of Lies”.
The lead actress playing the character of Rue will be 21-year-old, Zendaya alongside Maude Apatow, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Angus McLoud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney.
Euphoria is based on the 2012 Israeli series from HOT which follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.
Zendaya posted a short video of herself acting as Rue nodding her head to the camera as flashing strobes revealed a group of youngsters drinking in the background captioned, “Euphoria. Coming soon.” Drake also shared the same teaser on Twitter, saying: “Side effects include #EUPHORIA. coming soon.”
This is not Drake’s first involvement in TV. Before becoming a famous rapper, he was a star in the Canadian TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and is also involved in the British drama from Channel 4, Top Boy. He bought the rights to the show which is expected to premiere Season 3 on Netflix in 2019.
HBO’s pickup of the Euphoria TV series comes at the time when AT&T just completed acquiring Time Warner assets which included HBO. The new head of Warner Media, John Stankey told HBO employees that he wanted the premium channel to produce “more hours of engagement” than it currently does.
The premiere date for Euphoria has not yet been announced.
More Entertainment News: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to Act in the New Men In Black Movie
Lawrence writes about tech, lifestyle, politics, business, crypto and occasionally entertainment. He writes for Newslibre and Spur Magazine while consulting with numerous international companies on strategy, community management and marketing.
He has contributed to the journalism, open source, film, youth, web, Andela and Mozilla communities.