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The trailer for ‘Queen & Slim’ hints at a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde

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(L-R) Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) in Queen & Slim, a film directed by Melina Matsoukas. (Photo credit: Andre D. Wagner/Universal Pictures. (c) 2019 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.)

The trailer for Queen & Slim made its debut during the BET Awards, and the audience paid close attention.

Queen & Slim chronicles a fatal encounter between a White cop and a Black couple. Unbeknownst to them, the incident is captured on video and soon goes viral. In fear for their lives, the duo goes on the run and forge a deep love.

Universal Pictures describes the film as a “consciousness-raising love story.” It stars Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya as Slim and Jodie Turner-Smith in her first feature film role as Queen.

Queen & Slim marks the directorial debut Melina Matsoukas and was written by Lena Waithe and James Frey. Waithe also serves as a producer via her company, Hillman Grad Productions.

The basis for Queen & Slim originates from Frey who rose to prominence for writing the book A Million Little Pieces in 2005. The book would ultimately go on to become an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Originally presented as a memoir, Frey gained notoriety after he admitted to Winfrey that he lied about the contents of the book.

In a word, the trailer for Queen & Slim provides a sneak peek at a film poised to join classic outlaw films like Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma & Louise.

It arrives in theaters in November.

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