Universal Pictures have released a new trailer for Melina Matsoukas‘ “Queen & Slim,” written by Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (“Master of None”). The film stars Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and introducing Jodie Turner-Smith. The cast also includes Chloë Sevigny and Bokeem Woodbine and Indya Moore.
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman, 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 become 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.
The first trailer for the film dropped last month during the BET Awards commercial break. Matsoukas directs the film with a script written by Waithe from a story by James Frey. Matsoukas has long been a director of music videos and episodes of television. Her work includes Issa Rae’s “Insecure” and Beyoncé’s music videos for “Formation” and the “Lemonade” album TV special.
“Queen & Slim” is produced under Waithe’s own Hillman Grad Productions as well as Bron Studios. Universal Pictures is distributing the film November 27.