The Weeknd is notorious for his performances, particularly when it comes to his personas. From promoting his forthcoming album “After Hours,” he often wears a bloody face with a nose bandage and hysterically happy face reminiscent of the one in his music video for this song “Blinding Lights.” It’s an exaggeration of chaotic attempts to make light of the rapidly changing world following a break up in 2019.
Music isn’t the only way that The Weeknd’s creativity and public recognition reaches out into the world. He is a film lover who has been interested in making films before he ever thought of writing music professionally, and now carries that dream with him. The Weeknd just announced that his new show on HBO will follow a female pop star who finds herself drawn to a club owner and his secret cult. Here’s everything you need to know:
The Idol Release Date Details:
No date has been set for The Idol release. The series was announced as a collaboration between HBO and record producer The Weeknd in late June 2021, via Deadline.
The Weeknd did not reveal the show title of “The Idol” or release date, but we know his manager Wassim “Sal” Slaiby will be one of four executive producers on the project.
The Weeknd, Fahim, and Sam Levinson are all co-creators of “The Idol.” Production on Season 2 of Euphoria is currently underway. The next season could air as early as late 2021.
There is a very small chance the show will be picked up for its first season until it wraps up later this year, so casting and filming of “The Idol” pilot would need to take place around mid-to-late 2022 or early 2023.
The Idol Cast Details:
So far, rumors about the movie’s plot are sparse. The Weeknd (aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) himself has been cast as an undisclosed character and will be making his acting debut in this project.
While this will be the star’s first major role, he is not a stranger to the worlds of filmmaking or television; while performing with the Canadian band “début de soirée” and doing various projects behind the scenes for music videos.
Co-director Benny Safdie added, “He was very specific about the kind of character he wanted to play. So we were like, ‘Oh, okay, we’ll write that into the movie.’” Other cast members of “The Idol” will be announced at a later date.
The Idol Plot Synopsis:
Deadline reports that the upcoming show will follow a female pop singer who begins a romance with an L.A. club owner, only to learn he is the leader of a secret cult.
Fans can look towards the singer and his collaborator’s past work to see what clues are in store for “The Weeknd.” In the past, he has referenced filmmakers like David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, and Stanley Kubrick as inspirations for his musical career and aesthetic.
The “Idol” draws both from Levinson’s past work and elements of the Weeknd’s style that will create a show with mysteries and neo-noir thrillers.
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