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Zendaya in HBO drama Euphoria

Zendaya is a teen drug addict in the trippy teaser for Euphoria

Think Larry Clark’s Kids meets Trainspotting

“This is the feeling I’ve been searching for my entire life,” slurs Rue as she wanders down an open road at night, dazed. With a sinister electronic soundtrack and short, sharp cuts of raucous teen parties, football wins, night swimming, high school hallways, and hook-ups, the trailer for Euphoria looks dramatic as hell.

The new HBO project, adapted from a 2012 Israeli show of the same name, centres on Rue, a young woman darkly dabbling in drugs, played by Zendaya.

Euphoria features Dazed cover stars Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) and Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney (Sharp Objects), Maude Apatow (Assassination Nation), Algee Smith (The Hate U Give), Barbie Ferriera (Divorce), and Jacob Elordi (The Kissing Booth). It’s directed by Sam Levinson, director of last year’s satire Assassination Nation, and is executive produced by Drake and his manager Future the Prince – the Canadian rapper, of course, has his history starring in iconic high school drama Degrassi to draw upon for inspiration; Euphoria however looks set to be much more warped and darker than the early 00s show, given the trailer’s ominous vibe.

From previous coverage of the forthcoming series Euphoria chronicles the lives of a group of high school students as they navigate experiences of drugs, sex and violence, unsure of their futures. It will zone in on the true story of a teenager who was murdered outside of a club, picking up a year after the tragedy, and how those left deal with their new reality. It’s already being described as a mix of Larry Clark’s 90s coming-of-age movie Kids and Scottish heroin-fuelled black comedy drama Trainspotting.

In the Infinite Identities issue of Dazed, Hunter Schafer – who plays high school student Jules in the series – spoke with Rowan Blanchard about her role and work on the show. Schafer describes the whole process of getting into character intense, but hugely collaborative and worthwhile, from costuming and make-up to the dialogue and actually writing a journal for the character.

“No matter what I’ve worked on or what art practices I’ve delved into, they’ve always been an attempt to world-build,” Schafer says. “Whatever was not in my direct vicinity that I needed in order to feel fulfilled, I tried to create. When I decided to start acting it just felt like another level of world-building, because the way I’ve been approaching acting and this role, I feel like I’m living in two realities right now. This is the most fully realised world I’ve helped build or create.”

There’s no official release date from HBO just yet, but general show schedules predict it will drop sometime in 2019 for the US, with a later release for the UK.

Watch the trippy teaser below.