Kid Cudi to Write and Star in His Feature Directorial Debut, “Teddy”

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On Wednesday, rapper and actor Kid Cudi shared a lengthy message to his fans on his Instagram account, announcing his latest endeavor, his debut directorial film.

“I’ve been waitin to tell you all about this for a long long time. This year im directing my first feature film “Teddy” at Netflix which I wrote and will also be starring,” Cudi said. “This is a story I started writing in 2013 because I always wanted to write my own movie, so I said fuck it and started doing it (MESSAGE!) The road has been long, from it being a tv show for years to finally being a film.”

The rapper revealed that the film will be released next year and that his hit single, “Pursuit of Happiness,” from his debut album, Man On The Moon 1, is the inspiration behind the 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. If I could sum up what the movie is about in one sentence, id say this: It’s as if I took the song “Pursuit of Happiness” and wrote a movie about it,” Cudi wrote. ” I added a lot of my own personal struggles and experiences in it, so this film is very close to my heart. I know, that deep down, this movie will help people in the same ways my music has. Im continuing my mission.”

He concluded the post by disclosing that Jay-Z, British singer and songwriter Jeymes Samuel, and film producer James Lassiter will be producing the movie, along with his production company, MAD SOLAR and BRON.

“Now this is a comedy, but It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t sprinkle some real shit in there. Its trippy, its fun, its sad, its life. The film is produced by the almighty Jeymes Samuel, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, James Lassiter, MAD SOLAR and BRON. Special shout out to the homie Tendo Nagenda and Netflix for seeing the vision!! 🙏🏾✌🏾💖 The next chapter begins…”

This is not the first time Cudi has announced a partnership with Netflix. In 2021, he announced that he teamed up with ‘Black-ish‘ Kenya Barris on an adult-themed animated series, “Entergalactic,” scheduled to be released during the summer. The series will be packaged with an album of the same title.

In the season of announcements, Cudi also revealed that his new single, “Stars in the sky,” will be featured in the new ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2′ film. The track will be released on March 24.  

Tis’ the season to be a Kid Cudi fan.