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The Weeknd to Write, Produce, and Star In New HBO Series From Euphoria’s Sam Levinson

The Idol will focus on a club owner who runs a secret cult

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The Weeknd, photo by Natalie Somekh, and Sam Levinson, photo by Gage Skidmore
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    Soon, The Weeknd’s acting resume will consist of more than his perfect cameo in Uncut Gems: the singer born Abel Tesfaye is set to star in, co-write, and executive produce a new show coming to HBO Max. Titled The Idol, the upcoming drama comes from co-creator Sam Levinson, known for his work on Euphoria and Malcolm & Marie.

    Deadline reports that The Idol will center around a female pop singer who begins romantically seeing a mysterious LA club owner, the latter of the two just so happening to lead a secret cult on the side. Tesfaye and Levinson created the series together alongside “nightlife entrepreneur-turned-writer” Reza Fahim. We don’t know much else about the series yet, but we’re excited. Stay tuned here for more info as we hear about it.

    Though it’s been over a year since the Weeknd’s last studio album, After Hours, the singer has kept himself busy lately. Earlier this year, he performed a career-spanning medley at the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show, and he reissued his debut mixtape House of Balloons for its tenth anniversary. He also made a guest appearance on Doja Cat’s new album, Planet Her. Later in 2021, the Weeknd will be going on a long-awaited worldwide tour. You can get tickets here.

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