November 22, 2018

Israeli Series ‘Euphoria’ Gets HBO Remake

Austin Abrams

A new version of the 2012-13 Israeli television series “Euphoria,” about teenagers and sex, drugs, identity issues, social media, friendship and love, is being adapted for a 2019 debut on HBO. The cast includes Jewish actors Aaron Abrams, Maude Apatow, and Eric Dane, who join Zendaya as narrator Rue, a drug-addicted 17-year-old.

Abrams, who has appeared in the movies “Paper Towns,” “Brad’s Status,” and “Puzzle” and guest starred on “Shameless” and “Silicon Valley,” is best known for his recurring roles as Jackson Barber on “The Americans,” Casey on “SMILF,” and Ron Anderson on “The Walking Dead.”

Apatow, the daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann, started out in her parents’ projects “Knocked Up,” “Funny People,” and “This is 40,” and  went on to recur on “Girls” and appear in the films “Other People,” “The House of Tomorrow,” and “Assassination Nation.” She also co-stars in a series of Jergens body lotion commercials with her mother.

Dane is known for his roles on “Grey’s Anatomy” and TNT’s “The Last Ship,” which airs its series finale on Nov. 11.

Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin and Tmira Yardeni, creators of the Israeli “Euphoria,” will executive produce the new version, alongside writer Sam Levinson and executive producers s Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi and Gary Lennon.