Antebellum trailer: Janelle Monáe is stuck between worlds
Antebellum is a nice sounding title for a film but what does it mean? Literally translated the word means 'before the war'. But the word has a much darker meaning as it refers to a period in the American South between 1815 up to the start of the Civil War in 1861. Even though slavery had been 'officially' abolished in 1808, it was a period when Black Americans in the South were enslaved and made to work on land owned by whites, in South Carolina in particular. In this Janelle Monae-led thriller we only get a brief glimpse of what that may mean with flashes of life on the cotton field mixed in with modern day imagery. The synopsis doesn't give too much away, so at this stage the marketing is doing a good job without giving the game away. Watch for yourself with the Antebellum trailer above.
Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.
Gerard Bush and Christoper Renz are directing a cast starring Janelle Monáe, Marque Richardson II, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles and Jena Malone.
Antebellum arrives in US theatres on April 24, 2020 with a UK date still to be announced.