'Euphoria': Algee Smith To Star In Zendaya-Led, Drake-Produced HBO Series From A24 After Recasting
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'Euphoria': Algee Smith To Star In Zendaya-Led, Drake-Produced HBO Series From A24 After Recasting

Algee Smith has been added to the cast of HBO's Euphoria. 

The Zendaya-led series, from A24, boasts Drake and his manager, Future the Prince, as executive producers.

Euphoria is an adaptation of the Israeli TV series of the same name which is "Kids meets Trainspotting."

Smith plays McKay, replacing Brian “Astro” Bradley, who initially played the role in the pilot.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Algee Smith attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Algee Smith attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Eleven other cast members include A Wrinkle in Time star Storm Reid, Austin Abrams, Nika King, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney.

HBO first announced the project in March, described as a teen drama and a story of "drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship." The story is told by "a lying, drug-addicted 17-year-old named Rue (Zendaya)."

Shortly after the announcement, Zendaya released a super short teaser for the series on Instagram.

Smith is one of the most in-demand young actors of the moment. After his breakout role as Ralph Tresvant in The New Edition Story miniseries, he had a critically-acclaimed turn in Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit and can currently be seen in The Hate U Give. 

Euphoria is expected to premiere in 2019.

Deadline first reported Smith's casting.

 

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