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Queen & Slim is an upcoming 2019 American romantic thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas (in her feature directorial debut) and with a screenplay by Lena Waithe from a story by Waithe and James Frey. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, with Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Bokeem Woodbine and Indya Moore in supporting roles. The film is described as a modern day take on the "Bonnie & Clyde" trope.

Queen & Slim
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMelina Matsoukas
Produced by
Screenplay byLena Waithe
Story by
  • James Frey
  • Lena Waithe
Music byDevonté Hynes
CinematographyTat Radcliffe
Edited byPete Beaudreau
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 14, 2019 (2019-11-14) (AFI)
  • November 27, 2019 (2019-11-27) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Queen & Slim will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 14, 2019 and is scheduled to be released on November 27, 2019 by Universal Pictures.



A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.



On July 19, 2018, it was announced that the production company Makeready won a bidding war to co-finance the dramatic thriller film Queen & Slim, scripted by Lena Waithe from an original idea by James Frey, which would star Daniel Kaluuya and be directed by Melina Matsoukas.[1] In November 2018, Jodie Turner-Smith was cast to costar opposite Kaluuya.[2] In March 2019, Chloë Sevigny joined the cast of the film.[3]

Principal photography began in January 2019.[4][5] Production concluded on March 22, 2019.[6]


Queen & Slim will have its world premiere at AFI Fest on November 14, 2019.[7] It is scheduled to be released in North America on November 27, 2019 by Universal Pictures.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (July 19, 2018). "Makeready Sets 'Queen & Slim'; Daniel Kaluuya Stars, Melina Matsoukas Directs Lena Waithe Script". Deadline. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 8, 2018). "Jodie Smith-Turner to Star Opposite Daniel Kaluuya in 'Queen & Slim' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Bentley, Jean (March 22, 2019). "HOW TRUE-CRIME HORROR STORY THE ACT CAME TO LIFE". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Queen and Slim". Production List. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Queen & Slim". Backstage. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Queen & Slim". Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Sharf, Zack (August 27, 2019). "AFI FEST 2019 Sets 'Queen & Slim' World Premiere for Opening Night". IndieWire. Retrieved August 27, 2019.

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