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In news no one saw coming, Jenna Ortega and The Weeknd are starring in a film together

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It's happening, The Weeknd and Jenna Ortega will co-star in an exciting new film. Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye will continue to forge his cinematic path with the project. This will be his feature film debut after creating the still-to-be-released saucy tv show The Idol which he co-created with Sam Levinson.

Ortega has had a moment in the past year and will continue to slay the screens. From playing a supporting role in Netflix's You, to starring in the goth hit Wednesday for which she received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She also earned her place amongst the scream queens, appearing in A24's in 2022 and the iconic horror Scream franchise.

Who's involved?

It's a pretty star-studded cast so far. Along with the Weeknd and Jenna Ortega, the film will also star Barry Keoghan who recently starred in The Banshees of Inisherin for which he is currently nominated for best supporting actor. He is also well known for his unforgettably eerie role in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. 

Tesfaye will work with 2019's Waves director Trey Edwards Shults to co-write the untitled film. Reza Fahim who also co-created The Idol will also be involved in the script. It's safe to say that the film will have a pretty great soundtrack, as Fahim, Kevin Turen, and Harrison Kreiss of Oneohtrix Point Never will score the movie. They scored the Safdie brother's stress-inducing Uncut Gems.

What else do we know so far?

The film doesn't have a title yet and there aren't a lot of plot details so far on the unreleased film, but the script must have been good. Deadline reports that both Ortega and Keoghan signed onto the project after reading it.

If you'd like to read up on Jenna Ortega ahead of her next role, we've got you covered. You can also watch The Idol's trailer and read up on everything we know about the upcoming show.

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