Master of None's Lena Waithe and Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya will team up for a new film titled Queen & Slim, which seeks to explore "America’s social and political climate through the lens of a genre-defying love story," according to Variety.
The project's script was written by Waithe and will also feature another Master of None alum, Melina Matsoukas. Queen & Slim will be Matsoukas' first feature film as director. James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, came up with the idea/treatment and Waithe wrote the script based upon it.
The premise of the film surrounds a black man and a black woman who were on a date that went sideways after a police officer pulls the duo over. The pair wind up killing the police officer in self-defense, which sets off a chain of events after they decide to go on the run. “To me, this is protest art,” Waithe said. “It’s about being black and trying to fall in love in a world that’s burning down around you.”
"Me, my sis @msmelina, and my brother @danielkaluuya are so excited to bring this movie to the big screen. It’s the blackest thing I’ve ever written. I hope y’all love it," Waithe wrote in an Instagram caption Thursday.
“It’s a film that defines black love as a revolutionary act," Matsoukas said. "It shows that our union is the greatest weapon against the assault on black people in America.”
While Kaluuya will be the face of Slim, the role of Queen hasn't been cast yet.
Queen & Slim is set to be released on November 27, 2019.