The horror-thriller “Antebellum,” starring Janelle Monáe, will premiere as a Premium On-Demand release on September 18th. Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz wrote and directed the movie, which will also be released theatrically in select international markets. The announcement was made this week by Joe Drake, Chairman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

“While the theatrical experience will always be the heart of our business, we are thrilled that we are able to seize the opportunity to match Gerard and Chris’s urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change,” said Drake. “Gerard and Chris are storytellers whose work beats with authenticity – not only will this film entertain and thrill audiences worldwide, but spark a discussion about our current world.”

Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz added, “While we designed Antebellum to be consumed as a communal experience in the theater, we are thrilled by the unique opportunity we have to pivot to a different kind of communal moment in our culture. As we face the realities of systemic racism in our country, which have crescendoed to this current inflection point in 2020, we understand how imperative it is to bring Antebellum to the broadest audience possible, while also prioritizing health and safety. It is our ardent hope that by sharing our film widely, both nationally and internationally, we will transform the moviegoing experience from home into a true event.”

The movie’s description reads, “In Antebellum, successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.”

The film stars Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and introduces Tongayi Chirisa.

Lionsgate released a final trailer for the film, and fans of the genre can watch that video below.

You can keep track of the ongoing box office delays, and check on the new release dates that have been confirmed by the studios.

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