Is Zayn Malik setting himself up for a jump to the big screen? It certainly seems like the “Pillowtalk” singer has aspirations to leap into your local multiplex, and lord knows he’s got the bad boy charm, copious ink, perfect hair and chiseled cheeks to give Zac Efron a run for his money. The latest example of his undeniable screen charisma dropped on Thursday morning (Apr. 12) in the form of the high-gloss video for “Let Me,” the first song from the singer’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled second album.
Directed by Narcos producer and acclaimed Brazilian Elite Squad director Jose Padilha, the mini-film is a classic tale of a bag man falling in love with the boss’ girl and double-crossing el jefe before escaping into the sunset with her by his side. It even stars legendary movie heel Steven Bauer (Scarface) as said boss.
And, if you were paying close attention, you might have noticed that Padilha appears to be paying homage to one of the greatest 80s cop shows of all time: Miami Vice. The legendary series starring pastel-draped undercover dynamic duo James “Sonny” Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) as the baddest officers on the Miami-Dade PD, was notorious for its driving theme Jan Hammer-created theme song and music video-like montages set to classic rock and hits of the day.
In Malik’s case, like Phil Collins’ slam-dunk pairing of the percussive “In the Air Tonight” with the steamy, tense Vice visuals, Zayn’s sensual, airy R&B track is the perfect accompaniment to the clip’s slow seduction and ultimate betrayal. “Baby let me be your man/ So I can love you/ And if you let me be your man/ Then I’ll take care of you, you,” he sings in the chorus before the cliff-hanger continuation of the similarly dramatic “Dusk Til Dawn” visual ends with a simple acoustic guitar strum and the repeated phrase “For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours/ For the rest of ours.”
Check out the 5 times “Let Me” twinned up with Vice below.
Zayn meets with the boss (Bauer); Crockett and Tubbs have a sit-down with Calderone lieutenant Trini DeSoto (Martin Ferrero). What’s in the case?
Zayn and his new love zip off into the sunset on their cigarette boat; a similar vehicle zips through the water on Vice.
Malik in the club clocking the boss and his girlfriend; Crockett casing the joint on Vice.
Zayn cuddling up to the boss’ girlfriend; Crockett making time with Callie Basset (Arielle Dombasle), wife of con man Charlie Basset. (Notice both women wearing all white. Coincidence? Maybe.)
What’s in the case? Zayn’s not telling, and neither’s Sonny.