Horror film Antebellum was moved off of its original release date of April 24th for obvious reasons by Lionsgate. It will now release on August 21st, another sign that studios are buying into theaters reopening towards the end of summer. The film by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz stars Janelle Monae, Marque Richardson II, Eric Lang, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles and Jena Malone. Lionsgate has also announced that they have purchased the rights to the duo's next film after Antebellum, titled Rapture, after a bidding war. That film centers on "a family torn apart by warring beliefs and must come together to unravel the mystery around the sudden vanishing of the global population." The news was reported by Variety.
Antebellum Synopsis and Trailer
"Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late. ANTEBELLUM is a terrifying new thriller from the producer of the acclaimed films GET OUT and US, and groundbreaking directors Gerard Bush and Christoper Renz (Bush+Renz) – an exciting new voice in filmmaking."
For a couple of guys who come from commercials, they certainly seem to have created some old school style horror here. For sure, getting some Jordan Peele vibes off of this one, but the cast is excellent, and Monae is such a treasure that I will end up spending the whole film terrified for her safety. See what I mean by watching the Antebellum trailer below.
Antebellum, directed by Gerald Bush and Christopher Renz, and starring Janelle Monae, Marque Richardson II, Eric Lang, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles and Jena Malone will open in theaters on August 21st.