Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye will be making his acting debut in a feature film, where he’ll star alongside Jenna Ortega and Barry Keoghan in a new Trey Edward Shults movie.
According to a recent report from Deadline, Shults (Waves) will direct the film from a script he co-wrote alongside Tesfaye and his producing partner Reza Fahim. The report mentions that both Shults and Tesfaye have been working on this project “secretly” for months, with Ortega and Keoghan signing onto the film recently.
Currently, plot details are unknown, as are future casting choices. While this might be the first feature film Tesfaye, the international star is set to star in the upcoming HBO series The Idol, which he co-created and will appear in alongside Lily-Rose Depp.
For Ortega, this will be another big role as her career continues to rocket in popularity. Recently, the actress starred in the hit Netflix series Wednesday, as well as the 2022 A24 horror film X. Up next for her is a returning role in the Scream series in 2023’s Scream VI.
Keoghan is coming off of a big past two years, having starred in 2021’s The Green Knight and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Eternals. The following year, he appeared in 2022’s The Batman as the Joker, as well as in the critically acclaimed The Banshees of Inisherin, a role which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.