The Weeknd Will Write And Star In An HBO Series About A Cult
For the past couple of years, The Weeknd has been fully committed to looking like his album After Hours sounds. He’s been doing it for so long, that he’s perfectly nailed down the kind of energy that makes a person want to ask him to blink twice if he needs help. So really, who better to produce, co-write, and star in a gritty HBO series about a club owner-turned-cult leader?
Deadline says that The Weeknd will serve as an executive producer on HBO’s The Idol, a drama about a female pop star who gets into a relationship with an “enigmatic” Los Angeles club owner who is also the leader of a “secretive” cult. A secretive Los Angeles cult that attracts entertainment industry types? The lawyers at the Scientology Celebrity Center should be busy this afternoon.
It’s not known if The Weeknd will be playing that club owner-slash-cult leader, but it kind of sounds like that’s the gig, considering Deadline describes him as starring in the series. He has also co-created The Idol with his producing partner Reza Fahim, who happens to be a former nightlife entrepreneur-turned-writer, as well as Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. And as mentioned above, the series is co-written by The Weeknd and it’s on HBO, so I expect more coke than the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
The Weeknd played himself in Uncut Gems (speaking of coke), and has appeared in various sketches during his three appearances on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest. He has also loaned his voice to an episode each of American Dad! and Robot Chicken. And he’s been doing a very good job of acting weird for several years now.
Meanwhile, Allison Mack is just delusional enough that she probably heard this news, and immediately thought to call her agent and see if she can read for the female pop star role. The only problem is, I doubt production will wait three years for her. Crazy, I know.