Kid Cudi to direct and star in “Teddy”

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Cudi says he drew inspiration for this deeply personal project from his hit song “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Kid Cudi is one of the most influential personalities that has been in this industry for a long time. The millions of fans he has inspired this style in music, fashion, and artistic pursuits is always looked forward to. 

As an artist, he likes to explore many different genres and create something which has a twist of his own. He is a master at work who knows what the next big thing should be for him to achieve. He has set his foot in acting, and he delivers each role with perfection. 

Recently he was seen in a documentary about his career titled A Man Named Scott. The film begins with his first recording of Day ‘N’ Nite, which follows the rises and falls of his mental health and concludes with his rebirth in his collaborative effort with Kanye West, titled Kids See Ghosts.

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His next venture looks like he will not stop soon as with a Netflix film, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi) will make his directorial debut. Teddy will not only feature Mescudi in the director’s chair for the very first time, but he will also co-write the screenplay and star in the film.

While this will be Mescudi’s first time behind the camera, he has a long list of credits in front of it. Among other projects, he appeared in Ti West’s X, Bill & Ted Face the Music, and Netflix’s Don’t Look Up. 

The multi-hyphenate talent announced the project on social media, revealing that the film has been in the works since 2013 and has had a long journey to the screen.

Mescudi continued, “The project was originally planned to be a television series adaptation before evolving into a film.” While specific plot details were scarce, Mescudi informed fans that Teddy will be a comedy but will also be reminiscent of his 2009 hit song, The Pursuit of Happiness, stating:

“If I could sum up what the movie is about in one sentence, I’d say this: It’s 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. I know that deep down, this movie will help people in the same ways my music has.”

Kid Cudi will star in and direct "Teddy," which will be co-produced by Jay-Z

Teddy will be produced by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, James Lassiter, and Jeymes Samuel, who directed The Harder They Fall in 2021. Bron Studios and Mescudi’s Mad Solar will also produce the upcoming film.

Aside from Teddy, Mescudi has several projects, including the upcoming films Crater, Brittany Snow’s motion picture directorial debut on September 17, and Real Life, a movie adaptation of the forthcoming coming-of-age novel.

He expressed his excitement on his Instagram feed, especially at the prospect of introducing his fans to the character and universe he has created. “I can’t wait for u all to meet Teddy, his friends, his family, and take a walk in his world for a bit,” he wrote.


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Teddy is expected to premiere on Netflix sometime in 2023.