Now set for February 5, the film tells the story of a director (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya), whose relationship is tested after they return home from the premiere of his latest project and await critical responses.
An exemption decision was taken before the deadline for submitting the SAG Awards Sam Levinson‘s Malcolm and Marie – two-handed, which stars BlacKkKlansman and Tenet actor John David Washington and Euphoria actress Zendaya – in the current season of the awards, The Hollywood reporter has learned.
Netflix, which acquired the $ 30 million black-and-white film in September following a screening of selected footage that led to a bidding war between several distributors, will release it worldwide on its streaming platform on February 5, 2021
A never-before-seen frame from the film appears at the top of this post.
Malcolm and Marie – which Levinson wrote and directed and to which it is likened Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – tells the story of a director (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya), whose relationship is tested after they return home from the premiere of his latest project and expect a critical response to it.
The film was shot every 35 mm in the summer at the Caterpillar House of Feldman Architecture in Carmel, California, with the help of a bare-bones team due to the pandemic. The industry teamed up with doctors and lawyers to make sure that every aspect of their work was fully compliant with WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA approvals and the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Levinson also produced the film, while Zendaya (who appears today on the cover of the 50th anniversary of Essence magazine) and Washington are executive producers, as is the rapper Kid Cudi and Yariv Milchan, son of the Oscar-nominated producer Arnon Milchan.
Levinson and Zendaya had worked together before Euphoria, the HBO program for which the latter won this year’s Best Actress in a Drama Series Emmy. Meanwhile, Levinson and Washington are members of the second generation of revered Hollywood families – Levinson is the son of the Oscar winner Barry Levinson and Washington is the son of an Oscar winner Denzel Washington – as well as one of the other producers, Levinson’s wife Ashley Levinsonand one of the other executive producers, Washington’s sister Katya Washington.
Second generation Levinson and Kevin Turenne produced the film through their production company, which is also behind the next Netflix awards for 2020-2021, Pieces of a woman.