New drama THE IDOL, starring The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp, is controversial for being “too extreme”!


Last Updated on 05/26/2023 by てんしょく飯


The film was applauded at the Cannes Film Festival, but the internet is not happy.



The IDOL has been widely divided over whether it will be a masterpiece or a bad film.


On 22 May (Mon) at the 76th Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France, two episodes of the drama THE IDOL, which will be distributed on U-NEXT from June, were shown for the first time.


Trailer for THE IDOL

The red carpet was filled with Lily-Rose Depp, who plays the lead role, The Weeknd, who served as executive producer, and creator Sam Levinson, who celebrated the start of the film.

After the release, the audience gave the film a five-minute standing ovation, and Sam Levinson was reportedly moved to tears.

THE IDOL attracted attention from the moment the production was announced, as Sam, who worked on the popular drama EUPHORIA, and musician The Weeknd teamed up.


Described as “Hollywood’s most depraved love story”, the film depicts the underside of the music industry and a dangerous form of love, with Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp playing a global pop star.


The Weeknd once revealed that the film was inspired by his own experiences and that he approached it with extraordinary enthusiasm, not as a musician but as an artist.


The film was well received at Cannes, but the internet was not all praise.


As the film contains extreme sexual depictions of Lily-Rose, Twitter feeds from people in the film industry have included comments such as “I just hate it”, “It’s like watching torture porn”, “Isn’t the title a fraud?” Negative comments included, “I don’t want to see Lily-Rose Depp naked anymore.”


The drama also received a harsh rating of 9% out of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, a well-known film and drama review website.


The much-talked-about THE IDOL will be available on U-NEXT from 5 June.