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Film / TV

daniel kaluuya, jodie turner-smith are the black bonnie & clyde in ‘queen & slim’

June 24, 2019
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“Well, if it isn’t the Black Bonnie & Clyde.”

Music video and TV director Melina Matsoukas’ feature-length debut Queen & Slim is a Black, contemporary twist on a tale as old as time. Following Jodie Turner-Smith, a criminal defense lawyer, and Daniel Kaluuya, a retail employee, on an unforgettable first date where hopeful fun meets a tragic end after they are pulled over and harassed by a white police officer during a routine traffic stop. Terrified of the consequences of that night, and in fear for their lives, the two flee the scene and, soon, are forced on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral.

“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.”

Slated for a November 27, 2019 release through Universal, the film also stars Chloe Sevigny, Indya Moore, Bokeem Woodbine and Jahi Winston and is being produced through Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Production, Matsoukas through her De La Revolución Films and James Frey (who is responsible for the film’s original idea and treatment) through his 3BlackDot.