Janelle Monáe has quickly gone from celebrated avant-garde R&B artist to a powerful screen actress ever since her supporting role in 2016’s “Moonlight.” She’s since starred in “Hidden Figures,” “Welcome to Marwen,” and “Harriet,” along with lending her voice to “UglyDolls” and “Lady and the Tramp.” She will finally take the lead next year with the mysterious horror movie “Antebellum.” Check out the seriously creepy first trailer below.
Here’s the movie’s logline: “Successful author Veronica Monáe finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.” Given the Southern Gothic atmosphere of the trailer, and the fact that the title refers to the Civil War era, it’s safe to say this is going to be a social thriller in the vein of “Get Out” and “Us” — whose producer Sean McKittrick also produced “Antebellum.” Yet there’s also something terrifying in the present stalking Monáe here, which suggests dueling timelines. The cast also includes Marque Richardson II, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.
The cinematography from Pedro Luque “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” “Don’t Breathe” looks stunning. “Antebellum” is directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, who are making their feature directorial debut here. The duo has a background in socially driven work, with credits including a political Jay-Z music video, along with other music videos and a viral PSA condemning police brutality and featuring Michael K. Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, and Van Jones. That PSA was created for Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, Sankofa. Bush and Renz have also teamed with MLK Memorial Foundation and Amnesty International on video projects.
Star Janelle Monáe was earlier this year up for Album of the Year at the Grammys for her latest release “Dirty Computer.” On small screens, she will soon be taking over the lead role for Julia Roberts in the Amazon series “Homecoming,” now heading into its second season. The mystery series, based on the popular podcast of the same name, is set to debut on the streaming platform some time in 2020.
“Antebellum” will be released by Lionsgate on April 24, 2020.
The disruption and anxiety over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak continue to bring Hollywood to its knees, with upcoming horror movies Antebellum and Spiral: From the Book of Saw, and Run now all being moved from their original release dates. The studio has decided to take this action amid the concerns surrounding COVID-19, with these three movies joining the ever-growing list of high-profile releases that are being delayed.
Antebellum was scheduled to hit big screens on April 24th, with Run set for release on May 8th, followed by Spiral: From the Book of Saw on May 15. These release dates are obviously now moot and have been postponed indefinitely until the coronavirus situation calms down.
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Lionsgate has stated that for the time being the movies will remain unscheduled, with no date, and that the studio will announce the next steps, dates, and strategies for bringing these movies to the public. This all depends on when cinemas will receive clarity on when theaters will be able to safely resume operations.
As for the movies themselves, Antebellum comes from one of the producers of Get Out and Us and is written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The movie stars Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and Gabourey Sidibe, and follows a successful author, Veronica Henley, who finds herself trapped in a nightmarish reality, and must find a way to break free of the horrors at hand and uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw meanwhile concerns a sadistic mastermind who unleashes a twisted form of justice. The movie is the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran, brash Detective Ezekiel 'Zeke' Banks and his rookie partner take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game.
The movie will serve as the ninth installment in the Saw franchise. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. The film stars Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols.
Lastly, Run is directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. It stars Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen. The movie follows a home-schooled girl who uses a wheelchair who begins to suspect that her overprotective mother is keeping a dark, sinister secret from her.
All three of these now delayed movies look and sound utterly terrifying, so perhaps it is for the best that no one will see them just yet.the horror trifecta of Antebellum, Spiral: From the Book of Saw and Run join the...
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: