The Weeknd Starring in New Movie Scored by Oneohtrix Point Never

The Canadian co-wrote the as-yet-untitled flick with director Trey Edward Shults

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 28, 2023

The Weeknd is poised to land his first lead role in a feature film directed by Trey Edward Shults.

Preliminary reports on the forthcoming project, which does not yet have a title, point to Jenna Ortega co-starring and executive producing alongside Shults, while Oscar-nominated actor Barry Keoghan will also star.

The film will also reunite the Weeknd with Onehtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin, following their work together on the former's acclaimed studio albums After Hours and Dawn FMand OPN's 2020 full-length Magic Oneohtrix Point Never.

Lopatin notably scored Safdie Brothers films Good Time and Uncut Gems, the latter of which featured a Weeknd cameo.

The yet-to-be-detailed film, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles, was co-written by the Weeknd, Shults and Reza Fahim. Fahim will also serve as producer on the project alongside Kevin Turen and Harrison Kreiss.

The Weeknd is also due to star in forthcoming HBO series The Idol, which he co-created with Sam Levinson. His previous forays into television have included co-writing and starring in an episode of American Dad, and voice acting on The Simpsons and Robot Chicken.

Last month it was revealed that Lopatin was scoring Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie's The Curse.

Ortega, meanwhile, will soon host Saturday Night Live, leading viewers through the show's March 11 episode.

The Weeknd is also up for multiple honours at the 2023 Juno Awards next month, leading the field with six nominations.

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