Antebellum written and directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz

Antebellum is a drama/horror/mystery film. It is a film that is written and directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz. 


Janelle Monáe as Veronica Henley/Eden
Eric Lange as Blake Denton/Him
Jena Malone as Elizabeth
Jack Huston as Jasper
Kiersey Clemons as Julia
Gabourey Sidibe as Dawn
Marque Richardson as Nick Henley
Tongayi Chirisa as Eli/Professor Tarasai
Robert Aramayo as Daniel
Lily Cowles as Sarah
London Boyce as Kennedi Henley
Arabella Landrum as Little Blonde Girl
Achok Majak as Ghianna Queen
T.C. Matherne as Purcell


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.

Director Gerald Bush discusses Antebellum

Antebellum is based on a nightmare that I had.  When I woke up, I started to write down specifics about what I had experienced.

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.

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 Janelle Monáe discusses Christopher and Gerard’s Antebellum script

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. But instead of relating supernatural events, Antebellum spins a tale of real-life terrors.

The concept of silencing black people is pure horror. Chris and Gerard leaned into the framework of a psychological thriller to depict these horrors.

Release date

The film will be available on September 18, 2020

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