*Imagine a bad Tinder date turning into a life or death situation that includes a manhunt for murder, folklore status and love.
That’s the backdrop to the new Universal Pictures upcoming release, “Queen & Slim,” The feature-film directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas (executive producer/director of HBO’s Insecure) stars Academy Award® nominee Daniel Kaluuya as “Slim” and rising star Jodie Turner-Smith (Syfy’s Nightflyers), as “Queen.”
While driving home following a bad first date at an Ohio diner, a black man (Kaluuya) and woman (Turner-Smith) are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates and “Slim” kills the police officer in self-defense. “Queen” is a defense lawyer and tells Slim there’s no way they should stay and end up the property of the state. The two go on the run, but when the dashcam footage goes viral, the couple becomes a symbol for freedom and complex look at society.
The film was written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe from a story created by Lena and bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces.) The film has already become a hot topic on social media, with many celebs weighing in on the movie’s heavy topics. Snoop Dogg mentioned he was so emotional, he had to walk out of the theatre.
EURweb’s Jill Munroe spoke with Kaluuya and Turner-Smith to discuss why the film has already connected with the audience, Kaluuya’s experience not only starring in the film, but producing it as well and what would be on their “on the run” playlist.
Kaluuya had this to say on why the film draws audiences in.
“It’s just got so much soul. It’s genuinely a soulful film… it’s to be felt, not articulated. It’s hard to articulate what place it puts you in.”
Get ready for a unique experience on November 27 when ‘Queen & Slim’ hits theaters.