The Weeknd's Next Project Is a HBO Cult Series With the Creator of Euphoria


The Weeknd is set to produce a HBO series about a pop star and a secret cult. Otherwise known as Hollywood (we’re kidding, for the most part).

The pop star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is partnering with the creator of the HBO hit series Euphoria, Sam Levinson, to bring another gritty contemporary show to the network: The Idol, a drama series that will follow a female pop singer who becomes romantically involved with an L.A. club owner. The catch? He’s also the leader of a secret cult.

If you ask us, it doesn’t sound all that fictional. In fact, it could very well be a modern take on NXIVM, an actual sex cult that was involved in sex trafficking and forced labor for over 20 years. One of its leaders was Hollywood actress Allison Mack who starred in The CW Show Smallville, and she’s now facing prison charges.


The Idol will be The Weeknd’s first serious foray into acting. He’ll also be co-writing and executive producing the series alongside Levinson; Reza Fahim, a frequent collaborator of The Weeknd’s and also a former nightlife entrepreneur; Wassim Slaiby, The Weeknd’s manager; and Joseph Epstein, the showrunner of The Idol.

No word yet on what role The Weeknd will be playing, but there’s a good chance he’ll be starring as the mysterious cult leader.

The Weeknd, the creator of Euphoria, Hollywood, cult, fame: this all sounds like a recipe for sex, drugs, and chaos, and we can’t wait. The show is still in its pre-production stage, but we can already tell it’s going to be a trippy ride.

Here’s hoping Abe also be dropping another set of sick tracks for the show’s soundtrack.

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