Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Queen and Slim, the upcoming film from Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas. The film stars Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith in what can be best described as a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde tale, but with a “consciousness-raising love story” twist “that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.” Check out the trailer here below.
Whether it’s from watching the trailer or reading the official plot synopsis, Queen and Slim promises to be a modern-day crime drama that speaks to the society that we live in today. Slim (Kaluuya), who is on a date with Queen (Smith), becomes the victim of police brutality, an image that becomes major news headlines too often. Unfortunately, he kills the officer in self-defense.
Though it may be a dramatization, it speaks the truth about the world we live in today, where black people still subjected to unwarranted police brutality.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
From trailblazing, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s Master of None) and Melina Matsoukas, the visionary director of some of this generation’s most powerful pop-culture experiences, including Beyonce’s “Formation” and the Nike “Equality” campaign, comes Makeready’s unflinching new drama, Queen & Slim.
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly becomes a symbol of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people across the country.
As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.
Joining a legacy of films such as Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma & Louise, Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.
There is no telling what kind of reaction Queen and Slim will get from a wide range of audiences. Racism is a touchy subject, with those who are willing to confront it, those who are willing to ignore it, and those who are willing to deny it. But it is important to have a film like this out there so that it can bring these stories to light. So it will be interesting to see how people that see it will respond to the film.
Waithe wrote the script based on an original idea by bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina).
Queen and Slim opens in theaters on November 27, 2019.