Writer Lena Waithe has been bringing her incredible work to the small screen for years, first with her work on Master Of None, which made Waithe the first black woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in A Comedy Series. Next, Waithe created her own series with the Chicago-based drama The Chi, available now on Crave. For her latest venture, Waithe is moving to the big screen with her first feature film Queen & Slim. Starring Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, the first full length trailer for the film debuted this week and has already cemented itself as the latest masterpiece from Waithe.
The upcoming drama focuses on Kaluuya, who plays Slim, and Turner-Smith as Queen. The pair are pulled over while driving home from their first date and things quickly spiral out of control when an aggressive cop points his gun at Slim. When Queen, a criminal defense lawyer, tries to intervene, Slim stops the cop from shooting her and accidentally shoots and kills the officer in an act of self-defense. The event is captured by a dashboard camera and goes viral, forcing the strangers to go on the run together in an updated take on Bonnie and Clyde. Along the way they seek refuge with various people including Chloe Sevigny, Bokeem Woodbine, Indya Moore, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea. Country singer Sturgill Simpson also stars in the film as the police officer who Slim shoots and kills.
Kaluuya is best known for his Academy Award nominated role in Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking Get Out. The British actor also starred in 2018’s Black Panther and Widows. Turner-Smith has worked mostly in TV shows, including the sci-fi series Nightflyers and the drama Jett.
Waithe partnered with director Melina Matsoukas, who is best know for her work behind the camera on music videos like Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Solange’s “Losing You,” Beyoncé’s “Formation,” and Issa Rae’s HBO series Insecure. Queen & Slim acts as a reunion for the two women as Matsoukas previously directed two episodes of Master of None. Like Waithe, Queen & Slim also marks Matsoukas feature film debut. Waithe reportedly based the script off an idea that was originally brought to her by author James Frey, who is best known for his autobiography “A Million Little Pieces.”
Following the release of the trailer this week, musician and producer Dev Hynes, who goes by Blood Orange, announced on his Instagram page that he wrote the score for the new film.
To recap, that’s writing by Lena Waithe, acting by Daniel Kaluuya, directing by Melina Matsoukas, and music by Dev Hynes. So yeah, you’re going to want/need to see Queen & Slim when it arrives in theatres on November 27.