Zendaya stars in the new HBO drama series Euphoria, which follows a group of high-school students as they deal with issues such as drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship, streaming on Foxtel Now and screening on Fox Showcase on Mondays from June 17.
Based on the Israeli series of the same name, Euphoria the eight-part drama attempts to put a fresh spin on the high school coming of age story.
Zendaya plays principal character Rue Bennett, a drug addict who has recently left rehab and battles to stay clean while figuring out her future.
Foxtel describes the plot as:
“Rue’s life is changed drastically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a trans girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and, like Rue, is searching for where she belongs. Also in Rue’s orbit are classmates Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), a jock whose anger issues mask sexual insecurities; Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie), Nate’s on-and-off-again girlfriend; Chris McKay (Algee Smith), a football star who finds the adjustment from high school to college harder than expected; Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney), a sweet girl whose sexual history continues to dog her; Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow), Cassie’s younger sister and Rue’s level-headed childhood friend; and Kat Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira), a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality.”
Sam Levinson created and wrote for the series while also directing five of Euphoria’s episodes. In addition to Levinson, EPs include Drake and Future the Prince. Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, who created the Israeli series on which Euphoria is based, also serve as executive producers.