Kid Cudi is set to make his feature directorial debut with Teddy, a new Netflix movie that will also see the musician write and star. Jeymes Samuel, who recently directed western The Harder They Fall for the streamer, will produce alongside Jay-Z. Kid Cudi, who goes by Scott Mescudi on camera, revealed that he’s been working on the project since 2013:
“I always wanted to write my own movie, so I said fuck it and started doing it. The road has been long, from it being a tv show for years to finally being a film. So it means so fuckin much to finally be able to bring it to the screen next year, and I cant wait for u all to meet Teddy, his friends, his family and take a walk in his world for a bit.”
Although plot details are mostly unknown right now, Mescudi described the film as being “as if I took the song ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ and wrote a movie about it. I added a lot of my own personal struggles and experiences in it, so this film is very close to my heart.” He added that “it’s trippy, it’s fun, it’s sad, it’s life.”
Teddy will mark Mescudi’s second collaboration with Samuel, Jay-Z, fellow producer James Lassiter and Netflix VP of original film Tendo Nagenda after he contributed a track to The Harder They Fall last year. The film’s music won awards from the African American Film Critics Association.
Mescudi has also worked with Netflix on other projects too, appearing onscreen in their Best Picture nomination Don’t Look Up, and also teaming up with Ariana Grande for the film’s song ‘Just Look Up.’ He’s also working with the streamer on Entergalactic, an adult animated music TV series based on his upcoming album of the same name.
Mescudi can currently be seen in Ti West‘s horror film X. He recently shot a supporting role in Disney+ coming-of-age sci-fi adventure Crater, and will serve as executive produce for the upcoming film adaptation of Brandon Taylor‘s novel, Real Life.