“That’s sex!” declares the still-unnamed character played by Jane Adams to her colleagues in HBO’s upcoming original series The Idol. “That’s what we’re selling.”
Surely when the creator of Euphoria teams up with The Weeknd and LA nightlife entrepreneur Reza Fahim (on board as a writer), they know how to package the kind of sizzle that rakes in the dough.
With the addition of a popular K-pop idol Jennie Kim among the cast’s ranks, they’ve taken their “From the gutters of Hollywood” crossover selling point to another level.
You may not be familiar with the name Jennie Ruby Jane who stars opposite Lily Rose-Depp in the new series. But with the second teaser that dropped, K-pop fans will notice a very familiar face. Jennie Kim, of the worldwide girl group sensation Blackpink, features prominently in the 90-second official trailer.
The Idol teaser hypes up Jennie Kim’s character
The singer and rapper has dropped “Kim” as her last name and is credited for her Hollywood TV acting debut as Jennie Ruby Jane, the same handle she goes by on Instagram. The full cast list on IMDB says she plays the role of Anys, but no details are yet available about it other than she’s friends with the main character Jocelyn, played by Depp.
Towards the latter half of the trailer, Depp and Jane are in a sauna room, enveloped in steam and conversing about a club. Then we cut to some intense party scenes with the girls dancing and drinking in the backseat of a top-down car, then segue to the inside of an opulent club.
The Idol takes us behind the scenes of the music industry, where aspiring pop singer Jocelyn (Depp) faces down obstacles in her journey through fame and fortune and confronts her complicated relationship with a cult leader and self-help guru (played by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye).
Judging from the two official teasers so far, HBO’s penchant for unflinching nudity combines nicely with a conjuration of the music world’s glitz, glamor, and dark side. God knows fans of Euphoria know that there was plenty of nakedness in that series.
There’s no exact release date yet from HBO, but this series is featured in the slate for 2022. So, we’ll definitely be getting it within the year. Meantime, Jennie will be with Blackpink on their worldwide “Born Pink” tour starting October 15 until mid-2023.
How do you feel about Jennie Kim aka Jennie Ruby Rose debuting as an actor in The Idol?