Abigail Klein Leichman
September 5, 2018

Ten episodes of gritty Israeli teenage drama TV series “Euphoria” are being created for an English-speaking audience by HBO. The series will be produced by Canadian rapper Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) and his manager and DJ, Adel Nur, whose stage name is Future the Prince.

In a way, Drake is going back to his roots. Before his singing career, he acted in a teen drama in the early 2000s. But he won’t be on screen in HBO’s “Euphoria,” described as “a sexy, troubling, and bold profile of the teens of the Nineties” aimed at adult viewers.

The male actors will include Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”), while the female lead role will be played by 22-year-old performer Zendaya (“Spider-Man”).

Original series creators Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin also will be on the team of executive producers for the American version. No release date for the series has been announced yet.

Drake, who is Jewish, is popular with Israeli fans. In the first month after Spotify launched its music-streaming service in Israel last March, Drake’s “God’s Plan” was the most listened-to single on the platform, and Drake himself was the second most listened-to artist on Spotify Israel (No. 1 was Omer Adam).

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