Although you may know Janelle Monáe for her songs like "Make Me Feel," and "Tightrope," she is also quite the serious actress. With roles in critically acclaimed films such as Moonlight and Hidden Figures, she's managed to carve a small but deep pocket for herself in the film industry.
Fresh off of the movie Harriet, which hit theaters at the beginning of this month, Monáe is ready to take on the antebellum/Civil War era from a more abstract point of view. Antebellum's teaser trailer that dropped today is the first anyone is hearing of the project. The minute long teaser haphazardly shifts from Civil War era shots to modern day shots.
There also seems to be quick nods to iconic horror films from the past. The little girl that's waiting for Monáe at the end of the hotel hallway harkens back to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 game changer The Shining. And a faceless person leaps off the bed to quickly show off some Exorcist-like moves.
The film's synopsis in the video description does nothing to ease the mind. "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."
The thriller, set for a release date of April 24, 2020, comes from the producers of Get Out and US and is directed by newer filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. If you've watched either of those films, then you know whatever Antebellum has in store for us will have you thinking about it for weeks.
Watch the new teaser trailer below.