The Weeknd has always been a fan of slightly obscure music videos, and now - much to our surprise, the artist has announced he will be starring in and co-writing a HBO series entitled The Idol with the mastermind behind Euphoria, Sam Levinson. Here's everything we know so far.
What is the plot of The Idol?
Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) will server as co-writer and executive producer along with Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson, with all three credited as creators of the show, and will reportedly follow a female pop singer who falls into a romance with an enigmatic L.A. club owner who is the leader of a secret cult. It sounds - and I cannot stress this enough - like exactly the kind of production Tesfaye would create given the chance. Hopefully with Levinson on board, a moody, sultry, dark masterpiece will be the result of the collaboration.
Who else is working on it?
According to Variety, who broke the news, Joseph Epstein will write alongside the three, and executive produce in addition to serving as showrunner. Mary Laws will also write and co-executive produce. Levinson will executive produce via Little Lamb along with Ashley Levinson and Kevin Turen. Aaron L. Gilbert will executive produce via Bron Studios. Wassim “SAL” Slaiby and La Mar C. Taylor will co-executive produce.
This is not in fact Tesfaye's first on-screen rodeo. He wrote and starred in an episode of American Dad back in 2020, and he played himself in the critically-acclaimed film Uncut Gems opposite Adam Sandler, which we will now go ahead and watch, for research purposes. This will be Levinson's second HBO venture since the cult status Euphoria, in which season two is currently underway.
Who has been cast?
So far, the only two confirmed for a role in the series is Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp, whose character is unofficial at this stage. Deadline reports that Depp will likely play the troubled pop star, which makes sense given her mother's singing background, but HBO have not confirmed anything thus far.
When will it be released?
No release date has been confirmed since the show is only in its developmental stage.
We're certainly curious about how The Idol will turn out, with heavy use of coloured gel lights, we suspect. Stay tuned for updates as they come.