Jodie Turner-Smith Cast Opposite Daniel Kaluuya to Star in Lena Waithe’s Romantic Drama ‘Queen and Slim’Posted by Wilson Morales
July 19, 2018
Universal Pictures has announced that Rising star Jodie Turner-Smith has been cast opposite Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) as the leads to the independent romance drama “Queen & Slim,” written by Lena Waithe.
“Insecure” and “Master of None” helmer Melina Matsoukas is making her feature directorial debut.
Turner-Smith will next be seen in Nightflyers for SyFy. Her other credits include The Last Ship for TNT, Mad Dogs for Amazon Prime Video and True Blood for HBO.
“Queen & Slim” is an exploration of America’s social and political climate through the lens of a genre-defying love story. The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.
“Queen & Slim” will go into pre-production this October with production commencing in January. Matsoukas and Waithe are still searching for a fresh face for the role of Queen.
“Queen & Slim” will be distributed by Universal Pictures worldwide with eOne handling distribution in select territories including the U.K. and Canada. The film will be released in North America on Nov. 27, 2019.