Kid Cudi Teams Up With JAY-Z For Directorial Debut Inspired By ‘Pursuit Of Happiness’


Kid Cudi’s rise in Hollywood has been a spectacle to see over the past decade since starring in HBO’s How To Make It In America. After notching his latest movie role last week, Cudder took to Twitter on Tuesday (March 22) with more good news, where he revealed plans for his directorial debut Teddy, which will eventually call Netflix home.

Cudi penned a heartfelt message to his fans while breaking the news about his movie portfolio expansion. Teddy is a film based on his 2009 hit “Pursuit of Happiness.” The Netflix blockbuster also finds JAY-Z and Jeymes Samuel on board as executive producers of the comedy, which Cudi said will contain “some real shit in there.”

“I added a lot of my own personal struggles and experiences in it, so this film is very close to my heart,” he wrote. “I know that, deep down, this movie will help people the same ways music has… It’s trippy, it’s fun, it’s sad, it’s life.”

In addition to directing, Cudi wrote the script and will also be starring in Teddy, which is set to arrive on Netflix at a much later yet unspecified date.

2022 is shaping up to be another busy year on the silver screen for the Cleveland native. Earlier in March, X hit theaters where Kid Cudi plays the role of a ’70s porn star in the A24 film and he was cast in Brittany Snow’s directorial debut September 17th. 

Cudder is also expected to release Netflix’s animated Entergalactic series later this year with an accompanying album, which he’s dubbed to be the “greatest piece of art” he’s created.