The Weeknd is teaming up with ‘Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson on a new HBO series. The Weeknd will star in, co-write and produce The Idol, a drama series he co-created with Levinson and Reza Fahim.
The Idol follows a female pop singer who develops a romance with a Los Angeles club owner who is the leader of a secret cult. Joshua Epstein will serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer on the series, with Mary Law to write and co-executive produce. Kevin Turen and Aaron L. Gilbert will also serve as executive producers.
This isn’t The Weeknd’s first stab at acting; in 2019, he played a fictionalized version of himself in Adam Sandler’s acclaimed crime drama, Uncut Gems, and in 2020 he lent his voice to an animated version of himself on American Dad! in 2020. The Weeknd released his fourth studio album, the critically acclaimed After Hours, in March 2020.