In Zayn Malik’s 2017 single “Dusk Til Dawn” with Sia, the former One Direction singer teamed up with actor Jemima Kirke to play a couple carrying out a high stakes heist. It looks like the English singer still has dreams of being an action star, dropping his new single “Let Me” on Thursday morning, complete with another mini-action movie music video. Say that three times fast.
For his latest single, Malik sought out some pros, including director Jose Padilha, whose most recent work includes the dramatic, gun-loving Pablo Escobar series Narcos. As for Malik’s on-screen mafia boss, the role is played by Steven Bauer, who many will recognize from Breaking Bad and Scarface. Putting a much-welcomed feminist twist on the end of the video is model Sofia Jamora, who officially plays Malik’s girlfriend in the video and unofficially plays someone we’re pretty sure was cast for looking strikingly similar to Malik’s ex, Gigi Hadid.
Malik began teasing the single and video earlier this week after wiping his Instagram account in preparation for “Let Me.” The new video doesn’t show Malik with the bleached blond he has in the trailer, but the video ends with a ‘To Be Continued’ message, so hopefully we’ll be getting more music and videos soon.
Zayn has yet to announce the title or release date of his sophomore album, the follow-up to 2016’s deeply moody and emotional Mind of Mine, but he did speak with the BBC’s Nick Grimshaw this morning about his new sound and confirmed he’s been rehearsing with a band for an upcoming tour.
“I didn’t know what was going on for a while,” said Zayn, agreeing that his new sound is more confident. “I was just putting out a record and not really being as prominent as I wanted to be. But this time around I feel like I am more confident and I really believe in what’s going on, so I want to convey that to my fans.”
As for who his new music is about, Zayn said he won’t be sharing that information anytime soon, either with his fans or the song’s muse. “It’s not always the wisest thing to do, it just complicates things so I have tended not to do that anymore, I just keep it to myself,” he said.
“This time around I feel like I’m more confident and I feel like I really believe in what I’m doing, so I want to convey that to my fans.” @zaynmalik we’re SO READY to hear #LetMe and everything you’ve been working on pic.twitter.com/FzFKeU6Xd7
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) April 12, 2018