Published Mar 05, 2020The official trailer for Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz's Antebellum has finally arrived. The clip sees Janelle Monáe — making her starring role debut — playing an author who gets trapped in an alternate dimension where she is enslaved.
Much of the film's story is still a bit of a mystery, but IMDb has now listed the following synopsis:
Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.
Speaking with Huffington Post, Monáe elaborated on the film's significance to today's sociopolitical climate.
If people can walk away with a deeper appreciation for black women, with a deeper respect for black women, with a deeper admiration for black women, then my job is done. I think that this film will help you see the human experience in a totally different way, no matter what you look like, where you come from.
There are gonna be conversations you have with yourself, conversations that you will have with complete strangers, with people you love or maybe you thought loved you, and they're gonna be important conversations for us to evolve as humanity. I feel like subversive art and storytelling is a great vehicle to do that — to bring us together.
The film also stars Marque Richardson II, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.
Monáe had previously played supporting roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
Antebellum was directed by Bush and Renz — the team that produced Jordan Peele's Get Out and Us. The film marks the duo's first directorial feature. It arrives in theatres on April 24 from Lionsgate.
Watch the trailer below.