8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Halsey to Star Alongside Sydney Sweeney in TV Series 'The Player's Table'
Halsey and Sydney Sweeney are getting back together.
Halsey has been tapped to make her acting debut and star alongside Euphoria's Sweeney in TV series The Player's Table, based on author Jessica Goodman's novel They Wish They Were Us. Halsey will also produce the series, which does not yet have a network.
From Jean-Marc Vallee and Nathan Ross' Crazyrose, Endeavor Content and Sweeney's newly launched Fifty-Fifty Films banner, the drama is set at an exclusive Long Island prep school and revolves around high school senior Jill Newman (Sweeney) who works to uncover the truth about her best friend's death three years ago and the role she and her fellow "players" — members of the secret society that rules the school— may have had in it.
Halsey will play Rachel Calloway, a formidable, emotionally troubled young woman who ignites Jill's journey of finding the truth behind Shaila's murder. Once a legendary member of “The Players” who graduated three years ago, Rachel left the group and dissociated from her wealthy Long Island roots when her younger brother, Graham, was convicted for Shaila's murder. She is brought back to Long Island by her conviction that Graham is not responsible for this crime. Together, Rachel and Jill join forces to embark on a quest for the truth of what really happened that night, with the hope to exonerate her brother before he turns 18.
Annabelle Attanasio (Mickey and the Bear) will write, direct and exec produce The Player's Table.
The role marks a reunion for Sweeney and Halsey. The duo first met when they teamed for Halsey's music video for "Graveyard." The duo hit it off and Sweeney sent her the project, hoping that they'd work together again on it.
A singer, songwriter, author and activist, Halsey has already collected more than 25 billion streams worldwide and sold more than 100 million records globally. "Without Me" is certified seven times platinum, making Halsey the first and only female artist to have at least three songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100 for 50 weeks each. Halsey is repped by Paradigm, manager Jason Aron and Anthony Li at Antipop.
The Player's Table was put in development earlier this summer. Sweeney found the book and set it up with her agency, Paradigm. Crazyrose optioned the novel with Endeavor Content, through their production and finance deal.