The frequent collaborators turn the Scottish singer’s pop bop into a grinding dirge in the latest look at the American Satan spin-off that features Black Veil Brides singer Andy Biersack and Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce alongside an all-star cast that includes Cameron Boyce, Matt Pinfield, Bella Thorne, Drea De Matteo, Fairuza Balk, Olivia Culpo, BooBoo Stewart and Perry Reeves.
The series, which is slated to premiere on Thursday (March 25) is described as the tale of a “rock star with ties to the occult and a young rookie kid who idolizes him,” whose lives collide as they make their way through the music business; it is the final filmed role from late Jessie star Boyce, who died in July 2019 of complications from epilepsy.
A director’s note on the preview explains, “For kids that grow up with one parent, you can go on one of two paths: You can blame the world, your parents, blame God, blame lack of God, or it can light a fire under you that you’re gonna make it no matter what. Paradise City is the show made to inspire these millions of teenagers and young adults. It reminds us that there is no light without darkness, that sorrow and heartbreak can be the greatest drivers of art. It reminds us that there is always hope, that you are never alone and that music is always there if you let it be.”
Creator/director Ash Avildsen explains that almost everything in the show was inspired by real events he experienced growing up in a single mom household in which he was estranged from his father, Rocky director John Avildsen. “Supernatural elements that have guided and misguided my life ever since moving to Los Angeles are also prevalent throughout the tale,” he says.
Watch the preview featuring “A Girl Like You” below.