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Abel Tesfaye, known onstage as The Weeknd, is securing his role as a multi-hyphenate in Hollywood with his first starring role in a feature film. On Feb. 28, the “Save Your Tears” singer’s rep confirmed to POPSUGAR that he will make his movie debut as a lead actor, producer, writer, and director in an upcoming film. The untitled production will also star “Wednesday”‘s Jenna Ortega and “The Banshees of Inisherin”‘s Barry Keoghan.
According to the press release, the project will also be produced and co-written by Tesfaye’s producing partner Reza Fahim. Additional producers include “The Idol”‘s Kevin Turen and “Euphoria”‘s Harrison Kreiss. The crew includes critically acclaimed director of photography Chayse Irvin, Trey Edward Shults as a writer and director, and composer and producer Daniel Lopatin, better known as OPN. Previously, OPN worked on the scores for “Good Time” and “Uncut Gems,” which The Weeknd cameoed in as himself. Details about the film’s plot, genre, and cast are currently under wraps.
News of the upcoming movie comes ahead of the series premiere of The Weeknd’s HBO show “The Idol.” The mysterious cult drama will star The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, Dan Levy, and Blackpink’s Jennie Kim as members in a cult who are in a complex relationship with a rising pop star. Between “The Idol” and his unnamed movie, prepare to have The Weeknd’s face all over your screens.