The trailer for “The High Note” from Focus Features has landed and it features a dazzling performance from Tracee Ellis Ross as a global superstar named Grace Davis.
Emmy Award nominee Nisha Ganatra (“Transparent”) directs, coming off the back of her film “Late Night” last year which earnt leading lady Emma Thompson a Golden Globe nomination. The script has been penned by Flora Greeson in her screenwriting debut.
Dakota Johnson (“The Peanut Butter Falcon”) stars alongside Ross as the manager of Davis, with the pair showing delightful chemistry throughout the trailer. Other cast members include “Waves” breakout Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Bill Pullman and two-time Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard.
Focus Features included the following synopsis to accompany the trailer on their YouTube channel:
“Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.”
Ross has become best known in recent years for her role as Rainbow Johnson in the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” which has so far earnt the talented actress a Golden Globe win and four Emmy nominations. She also narrates the spin-off prequel series “Mixed-ish” which focuses on Rainbow’s life in her early years. Johnson meanwhile shot to fame with her role in “Fifty Shades of Grey” and has had roles in “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” “Bad Times at the El Royale” and “Suspiria” in the last couple of years.
Focus Features has a large slate of films that are due out this year along with “The High Note.” The first release will be “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” from Eliza Hittman, which had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance film festival. Other releases will include “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan and Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho.”
The trailer for “The High Note” can be found below via the Focus Features YouTube channel. The film is set for a May 8, 2020 release.