A first look trailer for Universal Pictures and Makeready’s Queen and Slim dropped during the BET Awards and the Bonnie and Clyde-esque feature teased the visual crime drama starring Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas.
Known for her work with Beyonce’s Formation, Matsoukas, with her feature directorial debut, serves up emotion and social consciousness with the first look at Queen and Slim, a story about a couple (Kaluuya and Turner-Smith) on their first date. After they are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, the situation escalates it ends with a tragic result after 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.
The pair become unlikely fugitives and while on the run, their journey evolves into dire and desperate circumstances. While doing so, they forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.
Waithe produces the film via her company, Hillman Grad Productions, along with Matsoukas via her production company, De La Revolución Films. Frey produces via his production company, 3BlackDot, alongside Andrew Coles and Michelle Knudsen as well as Makeready’s Brad Weston and Pam Abdy.
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