Drake Is Producing A Teen Drama On HBO And Here's Everything We Know About It So Far
Drake is embarking on his first behind-the-scenes TV role on a show that sounds a lot like "Degrassi."
Drake is officially returning to his teen drama roots as the executive producer of a brand new HBO series called "Euphoria." The drama is an adapatation of an Israeli show with the same name, which aired in 2012. HBO greenlit the high school drama this past Friday - from what we know about the series so far, it sounds a lot like "Degrassi."
"Euphoria" follows a group of high school kids as they "navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship." The first season will have ten episodes, all written by Sam Levinson, who also the writer of HBO's "Wizard of Lies."
HBO's Senior VP of Drama described the show as, "Kids meets Trainspotting, and what might exist when parents don't exist." The original series was actually based on a true story of a teen who was murdered outside a club, and the series took place a year later.
The U.S. adaptation also has an A-list cast. Zendaya stars as Rue, the show's lead character, and is joined by Maude Apatow, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Angus McLoud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney.
Drake and his manager, Future the Prince, have both joined the team as Executive Producers. It'll be Drake's first behind-the-scenes credit in the TV world. Drake starred as Jimmy Brooks on "Degrassi: The Next Generation" for 8 years, but was eventually cut from the show in 2009 when producers found out that he'd been working on his music career without their permission.
HBO ordered the pilot in March of this year, but haven't announced a premiere date as of yet.
Source: Hollywood Reporter