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‘Euphoria’ Season 3 Shoot Delayed, HBO Series Still Targeting 2025 Return

With creator Sam Levinson still working on scripts for the upcoming third season of HBO’s Euphoria, filming plans have been temporarily put on hold, with the cast given permission to take other acting jobs in the interim.

“HBO and Sam Levinson remain committed to making an exceptional third season,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “In the interim, we are allowing our in-demand cast to pursue other opportunities.”

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According to sources, there had been no firm production start date for Season 3 but filming was expected to begin within the next couple of months.

Asked about taking time off after the South by Southwest premiere of her new horror movie, Immaculate, earlier this month, Sweeney said, “I go into Euphoria.”

The acclaimed drama, whose second season aired more than two years ago, saw the careers of its cast explode. It boasts several movie stars, Zendaya, Sweeney, Jacob Elordi, and recurring player Colman Domingo who just received an Oscar nomination, with Storm Reid winning an Emmy earlier this year for The Last Of Us. All are in big demand, which prompted HBO’s decision to allow them to take other work during the production delay since the series regulars are in first position on Euphoria.

According to sources, the possibility of doing a movie in lieu of a third season also was discussed but the focus shifted back to producing a new season.

Casey Bloys Chairman and CEO, HBO and Max Content, said in November that the plan was for Season 3 of Euphoria to premiere in 2025. That remains the goal.

In an August interview with Elle, Levinson described Season 3 as a “film noir” and teased that Zendaya‘s character of a recovering addict would “explore what it means to be an individual with principles in a corrupt world.”

Domingo recently gave a glimpse into next season while speaking about the delay.

“[Sam is] a person who writes and rewrites and writes and rewrites again, because I think he’s wrestling with what’s important,” he told GQ in an interview. “He’s responding immediately to what the ills of the world are. I know that the one thing I can tell you is that he’s very much interested in the existential question of who we are right now. Our souls. That’s what he wants to figure out with season three.”

Between Seasons 2 and 3, the Euphoria family lost star Angus Cloud and producer Kevin Turen.

Euphoria is set in the fictional town of East Highland, California, who seek hope while balancing the strains of love, loss, and addiction. The series is based on an Israeli show of the same name created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin.

The series has earned nine Emmy Awards for its first two seasons, including two for Zendaya, making her the youngest two-time Lead Actress In a Drama Series Emmy winner, and one for Domingo.

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