Superstar Canadian rapper Drake has joined the behind-the-scenes team as the executive producer for US TV network HBO’s new teen drama series Euphoria. The hip-hop star’s manager, Future the Prince, will also be involved with the production.
Euphoria is based on a 2012 Israeli series of the same name and follows a group of high school students as they “navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.” Sam Levinson (HBO’s Wizard of Lies) adapted the show and is writing all 10 episodes.
Zendaya (The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) heads the cast, which also includes Maude Apatow, Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley, Angus McLoud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney.
In addition to Levinson, Drake and Future the Prince, the executive producers include Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, creators of the Israeli series; Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady and Gary Lennon. Augustine Frizzell directed the pilot and is a co-executive producer on the episode.
HBO ordered the Euphoria pilot in March. At the time, Francesca Orsi, SVP drama at HBO, described the original series as “Kids meets Trainspotting, and what might exist when parents don’t exist.”
Elsewhere in Drake news, the hip-hop megastar’s viral challenge-powered ‘In My Feelings’ has recently logged a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated 4 August), tallying the second-highest streaming week for a song, after it set the record a week earlier.
Additionally, ‘In My Feelings’ marks Drake’s 42nd career week at No. 1, dating to his first frame on top in 2010, lifting him past Rihanna for the most weeks atop the Hot 100 this decade and ahead of Usher for the most by a male soloist in any decade in the chart’s 60-year history. The songs is taken from Drake’s album Scorpion, which is presently topping the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week.
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