” star #DanielKaluuya
is set to lead the independent romance drama “#QueenAndSlim
,” written by #LenaWaithe
” and “#MasterofNone
” helmer #MelinaMatsoukas
is making her feature directorial debut.
, known for her work on “Master of None” and “#TheChi
,” wrote the script based on an original idea and treatment from bestselling author #JamesFrey
”) and a story by #Frey
and Waithe. “Queen & Slim” will go into pre-production this October with production commencing in January. #Matsoukas
and Waithe are still searching for a fresh face for the role of #Queen
. “Queen & Slim” is an exploration of #America
’s social and political climate through the lens of a genre-defying love story. The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.
Waithe is producing the film through her company, #HillmanGradProductions
, along with Matsoukas’ production company #DeLaRevoluciónFilms
and Frey’s #3BlackDot
are also producing. “To me, this is protest art,” said Waithe. “It’s about being black and trying to fall in love in a world that’s burning down around you.” Matsoukas said, “It’s a film that defines black love as a revolutionary act. It shows that our union is the greatest weapon against the assault on black people in America.” “Queen & Slim” will be distributed by #UniversalPictures
worldwide with #eOne
handling distribution in select territories including the #UK
. The film will be released in #NorthAmerica
on Nov. 27, 2019.
This is the first film greenlit under #Makeready
’s recently announced distribution deal with Universal. eOne is Makeready’s lead investor. #BradWeston
’s production company, Makeready, is financing the film, along with 3BlackDot.
, who received a best actor nomination at the Oscars for “Get Out,” most recently appeared as W'Kabi in “Black Panther.” #TheSavageRoom #Savage