The Weeknd will now bring his talents to the small screen after an amazing year that culminated with his sixth album, After Hours. According to Variety, the singer will play a female pop artist who falls in love with an L.A. club owner who also heads a secret cult in the upcoming HBO series The Idol. Along with Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson, the singer will co-write and executive produce the series, and all three will be credited as co-creators.
In addition to serving as showrunner, Joseph Epstein will write and executive produce the project. Levinson also created HBO’s popular series Euphoria, which received multiple Emmy nominations, including one for Zendaya for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The Weeknd’s appearance on television is far from his first. He made an appearance as himself in an American Dad episode called “A Starboy is Born,” which we also co-wrote in 2020. In the 2019 film Uncut Gems, he also played himself on the big screen.
On the music side of things, The Weeknd recently joined Doja Cat in a video for their first-ever collaboration “You Right.”