Drake is Adapting an Israeli Teen Drama for HBO

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:

We’ll update as more information becomes available.

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