Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith star in this Bonnie & Clyde-esque drama, co-written by Emmy Award Winner Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen & Slim is Melina’s directorial debut in the feature film world.
The film begins with a couple, who are pulled over by a police officer for a minor traffic violation. The incident quickly escalates, and the man, played by Daniel Kaluuya, kills the officer in an act of self-defense. Unfortunately, the act is captured on video, which is then posted online and inevitably goes viral. The couple becomes fugitives, but while on the run, they fall deeply in love, and their lives are changed forever.
The film was produced in part via Lena Waithe’s company, Hillman Grad Productions, alongside Melina’s De La Revolución Films. James Frey also produced Queen & Slim via his company, 3BlackDot, with Andrew Coles, Michelle Knudsen, Makeready’s Brad Weston, and Pam Abdy.