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Interview: Janelle Monáe Talks Importance of ‘Antebellum’, Honouring the Black Women She Feels Inspired Her Character & More

Written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, psychological horror thriller Antebellum arrives on premium VOD today.

I had the chance to interview star of the film, Janelle Monáe about what drew her to the project, her role of Veronica gave her the chance to honour the many Black women she felt inspired the character, what she hopes that audiences will take away from the film and more.

Check out the interview below:

Antebellum Synopsis

Successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late. Visionary filmmakers Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz (Bush + Renz) – best known for their pioneering advertising work engaged in the fight for social justice – write, produce and direct their first feature film, teaming with QC Entertainment, producer of the Academy Award®-winning films Get Out (Best Original Screenplay, 2017) and BlacKkKlansman (Best Adapted Screenplay, 2018), Zev Foreman, and Lezlie Wills for the terrifying new thriller Antebellum.

Janelle Monáe - Antebellum
Janelle Monáe as Veronica and London Boyce as Kennedi in Antebellum (Courtesy of Lionsgate)

Lionsgate presents a Lionsgate / Bush + Renz Production / QC Entertainment / Zev Foreman, a film By Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, Antebellum. Starring Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe. Casting by Laray Mayfield. Music by Nate Wonder and Roman Gianarthur. Costume Designer is Mary Zophres. Editor is John Axelrad, ACE. Production Designer is Jeremy Woodward. Director of Photography is Pedro Luque Briozzo, SCU. Executive Producers are Alex G. Scott, Kenny Mac, Edward H. Hamm, Jr. Produced by Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Zev Foreman, Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, and Lezlie Wills.

Written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.

Antebellum releases on premium VOD on September 18.

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