Universal Pictures has released the first images and trailer for Queen & Slim, the upcoming feature film debut from Melina Matsoukas based on the novel by James Frey and adapted by Frey and Emmy award winner Lena Waithe (Master of None).
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Daniel Kaluuya, Academy Award nominee for Get Out) 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 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 live.
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.
Waithe wrote the script based on an original idea by bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina). The feature-film directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas (executive producer of HBO’s Insecure) and was produced by Waithe, Frey and Matsoukas with Andrew Coles and Michelle Knudsen. It also stars Indya Moore (FX’s Pose), Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry) and Bokeem Woodbine (WGN’s Underground).
Queen & Slim will be released by Universal Pictures on November 27th. Here is the first trailer.