The Weeknd is to try his hand at acting with a drama series from Sam Levinson in development at HBO.
The premium cabler is developing The Idol, which the Blinding Lights singer, otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye would star in, co-write and exec produce.
Euphoria creator Sam Levinson co-created the series with Tesfaye and Reza Fahim, a nightlife entrepreneur turned writer who is also The Weeknd’s creative producer.
The series follows a female pop singer starts a romance with an enigmatic L.A. club owner who is the leader of a secret cult.
Joseph Epstein will serve as showrunner and writer on the project.
Sam Levinson, Tesfaye, Fahim, Epstein, Ashley Levinson, Kevin Turen, Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert will exec produce.
Mary Laws, who has written on Succession and Preacher, will write and co-exec produce. The Weeknd’s manager Wassim “SAL” Slaiby and creative director La Mar C. Taylor will also co-exec produce.
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