Update: September 29, 2021:
In her television debut, Lily-Rose Depp will play the female lead opposite Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye in The Idol, a new drama series in development at HBO made by Tesfaye and Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.
The Idol will follow a female pop singer (likely Depp) who strikes up a romance with an enigmatic Los Angeles club owner (likely Tesfaye), who is the leader of a secret cult, Deadline reports.
Could an EGOT be in The Weeknd’s future? The Grammy-winning vocalist is teaming up with producer extraordinaire Sam Levinson to create a new and twisted television series. The show, currently titled The Idol, follows a female pop singer that falls for an enigmatic club owner in Los Angeles who just so happens to be the leader of a secret cult.
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is set to star in the series, as well as co-write and executive produce The Idol alongside Levinson and Reza Fahim — all of whom are sure to capture the gritty underworld of Los Angeles nightlife, given their personal ties to the material.
According to a profile by Vogue, Fahim started his career as a “well-known nightlife entrepreneur in L.A., where his circle of friends and patrons include some of the most influential young actors and musicians working today.” He eventually transitioned to writing full time, and began working closely with The Weeknd who rose to stardom in L.A. as well. And as we all know, Levinson, who created Euphoria and Malcolm and Marie, knows how to write a good west coast mess.
Though this is The Weeknd’s first time working so intimately on a series, he’s no stranger to television or film. Last year he wrote and starred in an episode of American Dad, and prior to that he played himself in the critically acclaimed Uncut Gems.
Casting details and a potential release date for The Idol have not been disclosed, but the series is officially in development at HBO.