Universal Pictures has released the newest trailer for Melina Matsoukas‘s Queen & Slim.
Written by Lena Waithe, the film follows the story of a couple (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith), who are pulled over for something minor. But the situation gets out of hand quickly and the man ends up killing the police officer in self-defense, leading the couple to go on the run. But when a video of the incident goes viral, they become a symbol for people across the country. Check out the latest trailer below.
Of all the films to come out later this fall, Queen & Slim is high up on my list. While the story is a deep and profound reflection of the society and state of police, I am very interested in seeing how audiences will respond to it. It certainly doesn’t shy away from the systemic racism nor the struggles that the disenfranchised and people of color have to go through in order to live out their lives. I imagine that those who do not see it or don’t agree that there is a problem would react very negatively to it, while those who see themselves in these characters will see something that they all can relate to.
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.
Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, John Sturgill Simpson, and Indya Moore also star.