The Weeknd to star in and co-write new series with Euphoria creator
It's not known whether he'll also contribute to the soundtrack.
Pop singer The Weeknd is to develop a new TV series for HBO with the creator of Euphoria Sam Levinson.
The Grammy award-winner, real name Abel Tesfaye, will co-write and star in The Idol which has been described as a “cult drama.”
It will follow a beautiful female pop star as she begins a romantic relationship with a mysterious L.A nightclub owner who is also the leader of a secret cult.
Joining The Weeknd on the writing team are Levinson, his creative producer Reza Fahim, Joseph Epstein and Succession’s Mary Laws.
Epstein is also set to serve as showrunner on The Idol which currently has no other stars attached to it or an official episode count.
Although this will mark The Weeknd’s live-action TV debut, he previously appeared as himself in the Safdie brothers’ critically-acclaimed crime thriller Uncut Gems.
Last year, he also co-wrote an episode of Seth Macfarlane's animated comedy American Dad with Joel Hurwitz titled A Starboy is Born.
Source: Hollywood Reporter