The Weeknd is set to make his silver-screen debut later this year. Uncut Gems has cast the Starboy artist, born Abel Tesfaye, alongside Adam Sandler in the crime thriller set in NYC’s diamond district, which is slated for release on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), according to IMDb.
TIFF describes Uncut Gems as an “electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.”
The 135-minute film has a decorated cast outside of Sandler and The Weeknd that includes former NBA superstar Kevin Garnett, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, LaKeith Stanfield, Noa Fisher, and more. Brothers Benny and Josh Safdie both serve as co-directors of Uncut Gems, which will eventually find its way to Netflix.
Look for the first trailer to drop in September.
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 23, 2019