Drake is returning to television! Not as an actor, however. The former Degrassi star turned rapper (and Jewish dad!) will be producing a new HBO series called Euphoria. According to Variety, the show “follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.” Euphoria is based on an Israeli show — also called Euphoria — created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin.
Leshem and Levin are joining the American show as executive producers, alongside many Jewish names: “Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi, and Gary Lennon.”
The cast is also stacked: Zendaya will star in the lead as a girl named Rue, a “lying, drug addicted 17 year old girl.” There are two famous Jewish actors in the cast: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann’s older daughter Maude Apatow, who is taking a break from her time at Northwestern (we assume) to play the role of Lexi, and Eric Dane (yes, McSteamy from Grey’s Anatomy) is playing a guy named Cal.
Rounding out the cast are people we haven’t heard of (but I’m sure we will soon): Brian “Astro” Bradley, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Hunter Schafer, and Sydney Sweeney. Also, Storm Reid — the star of A Wrinkle in Time — will be in Euphoria. These teens are all cooler on Instagram than I will ever be.
There’s not much else we know about the show right now.
Drake tweeted a gif of Zendaya:
— Drizzy (@Drake) July 30, 2018
We’ll update as more information becomes available.