Everybody is working for the weekend — or rather, The Weeknd — and that now includes Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. The duo have struck a pact to create a new series for HBO for the music superstar to star in, co-write and executive produce.
Per Deadline, The Idol will star The Weeknd — aka 31-year-old Canadian born Abel Tesfaye — as a cult leader. A cult around one of the most enigmatic and beloved pop stars in the world? Seems like a reach. The series will center on a female pop singer who gets involved with an L.A. club owner, whose side hustle happens to be leading a secret cult.
The idea for The Idol comes from Tesfaye, his collaborator and former nightlife club owner Reza Fahim, and Levinson.
Though The Weeknd is best known for his musical hits including “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” as well as a clip of Daniel Craig exasperatedly saying “ladies and gentlemen, The Weeknd” from his appearance on SNL, he’s not a complete stranger to performing non-musically. He previously appeared in the Safdie Brothers Uncut Gems, an episode of American Dad! and an episode of Robot Chicken. Still, The Idol would be the first time the superstar appeared as a character other than “himself,” so that’s kind of a big deal.
Though The Weeknd will star and Levinson is co-creating the series, don’t expect Euphoria Part 2. Instead, Joseph Epstein, who has had a number of scripts pop up on The Black List (though no produced credits as of this date), will showrun and write the project. Mary Laws, who has a long list of credits including Preacher, Monsterland and HBO’s Succession will co-write the project.
There’s no premiere date yet for The Idol, so stay tuned.
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