Janelle Monae horror-thriller ‘Antebellum’ to premiere as a Premium On-Demand release

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Janelle Monae stars in “Antebellum.” [Lionsgate photo]

Lionsgate has announced that the compelling, highly anticipated horror-thriller “Antebellum,” starring Janelle Monáe, will premiere as a Premium On-Demand release, debuting on all platforms on Sept. 18.

Written and directed by advocacy filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the mind-bending horror-thriller will be released theatrically in select international markets.

With audience demand for content at an all-time high, Lionsgate’s versatile slate positions the studio to take advantage of different distribution strategies, according to a news release. “Antebellum’s” timely themes presented the studio with the opportunity to create a release plan that reaches as wide an audience as possible, as soon as possible.

“While the theatrical experience will always be the heart of our business, we are thrilled that we are able to seize the opportunity to match Gerard and Chris’s urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change,” said Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a statement. “Gerard and Chris are storytellers whose work beats with authenticity – not only will this film entertain and thrill audiences worldwide, but spark a discussion about our current world.”

In “Antebellum,” successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe, “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late. Bush | Renz – best known for their pioneering advertising work engaged in the fight for social justice – write, produce and direct their first feature film, teaming with QC Entertainment, producer of the acclaimed films “Get Out” and “BlacKkKlansman,” Zev Foreman, Lezlie Wills and Lionsgate.

“While we designed ‘Antebellum’ to be consumed as a communal experience in the theater, we are thrilled by the unique opportunity we have to pivot to a different kind of communal moment in our culture. As we face the realities of systemic racism in our country, which have crescendoed to this current inflection point in 2020, we understand how imperative it is to bring ‘Antebellum’ to the broadest audience possible, while also prioritizing health and safety. It is our ardent hope that by sharing our film widely, both nationally and internationally, we will transform the moviegoing experience from home into a true event,” Bush | Renz said in a statement.

Along with Monáe, the film stars Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and introducing Tongayi Chirisa.


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