Lionsgate Antebellum is a thriller film. It is a film that is written and directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz. The cast includes Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and introducing Tongayi Chirisa.
The film is set to be released on September 18, 2020 on PVOD.
Antebellum tells the story of a successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) who finds herself trapped in a nightmarish reality. She has to find a way to break free. It stars Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and introducing Tongayi Chirisa. The psychological horror-thriller film is written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The release date is on September 18, 2020.
Director statement Gerald Bush
“When we conceived Antebellum, we did not – could not – envision the way that systemic racism would break through to force the meaningful conversation we desperately need. But it has,” says Bush. “What we did intend was for the film to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped Antebellum would spur. So to release the film in this environment is all we could ask for – as artists, we’re grateful to have the opportunity to add our voices in this cultural moment.”
Actor statement Janelle Monáe
For eight-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer and actor Janelle Monáe, the decision to work with first-time directors was a canny one: an activist herself, Monáe chose a project that promised to work within the horror-thriller genre to deliver a challenging and thought-provoking movie that would not end for the audience when the credits rolled.
“Christopher and Gerard’s script was a conversation starter around race, politics, what it means to be an American, and what the American Dream means today – all in a thriller unlike any I’ve seen before,” she says.
Monáe also points to the film’s more horrific moments. But instead of relating supernatural events, Antebellum spins a tale of real-life terrors.
“The concept of silencing black people is pure horror,” she explains. “Chris and Gerard leaned into the framework of a psychological thriller to depict these horrors.”
Fun fact: Gerald Butler in an interview states that Antebellum is based on a nightmare that he had. When he woke up, he started to write down specifics about what he had experienced.