Just when we didn’t think the BET Awards would turn up any useful queer content, Lena Waithe dropped the first trailer of her debut feature film (as a writer) from the stage of the show’s live broadcast out of Los Angeles Sunday. Titled Queen & Slim, it’s due in theaters later this year.
“What do you want?” the female lead asks in the video, which was posted to the film’s Twitter account. “I want a ride or die?” the male lead responds.
About a seemingly routine traffic stop that forever alters the lives of a young man and woman on a first date, Queen & Slim stars Daniel Kaluuya, the Oscar-nominated lead of Get Out, opposite newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith. Both play the title characters who kill the officer that stops them, turning the movie into a dramatic thriller with romantic undertones already garnering Bonnie and Clyde comparisons. The film, which is directed by Melina Matsoukas (Lemonade, Insecure) for her first feature as well, also stars Pose’s Indya Moore and Chloë Sevigny, among others.
When advanced footage was shown at CinemaCon earlier this year, Waithe called the film “protest art,” according to Indiewire.
“It’s meant to get people talking,” she said. “The film is not made to give the audience answers, but instead to ask questions and show what it looks like to be black and in love while the world is burning all around you.”
Considering Waithe has an Emmy under her belt, and Kaluuya an Oscar nomination, Queen & Slim surely will be in awards season conversations. And its November 27 premiere date all but guarantees it.