The Weeknd’s HBO Series Is About a Pop Star and a Cult

The acclaimed singer is starring in the show, which he’s co-writing with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.

If you weren’t aware, the pop singer/actor known as The Weeknd really loves film. It was most obvious with his last album After Hours, which included nods to the Martin Scorsese film of the same name, as well as other noir classics like Chinatown and Dressed to Kill (not to mention Jim Carrey’s The Mask). If that wasn’t enough proof that he was a cinephile, he played himself (circa 2012) in the acclaimed Safdie brothers film Uncut Gems.

Today, Abel Tesfaye revealed that he’s venturing further into the world of Hollywood with a new HBO series he’s co-writing and starring in. For now, the show is called The Idol, and all we know about it is that it revolves around a female pop singer who romances “with an enigmatic LA club owner who is the leader of a secret cult.” Creepy! Love it!

His co-writers and fellow executive producers include Sam Levinson—best known as the creator of Euphoria—Reza Fahim, and Joseph Epstein. See Tesfaye’s IG post about the endeavor below.


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