Screened at Sundance in 2018, it is finally arriving on our screens, in streaming.
Shot before the Black Lives Matter movement, Monster should find a tremendous echo on Netflix in the coming weeks. It has been three years since the drama produced by singer John Legend was shown at the Sundance Film Festival (in 2018) and after months of struggle to be distributed, because of the pandemic, Netflix finally acquired the feature film and will offer it to its subscribers on May 7. The official trailer is very intense:
Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers (1999), Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a brilliant 17-year-old high school student whose world falls apart when he’s accused of murder. The film follows the descent into hell of this sympathetic Harlem film student, who enters a prestigious high school before being caught in a complex legal battle that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.
In the cast, we will also find Jennifer Hudson (Respect), Jennifer Ehle (Saint Maud), Jeffrey Wright, as well as John David Washington (Tenet) and Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen).
The Monster is director Anthony Mandle’s directorial debut, from a screenplay by Radha Blank (She’s Gotta Have It), Janece Shaffer and Colen C. Wiley.