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Janelle Monáe Relives the Horrifying Past of Her Ancestors in Creepy 'Antebellum' Trailer (Video)

TheWrap logo TheWrap 11/22/2019 Brian Welk
a person taking a selfie in a dark room: Janelle Monáe Antebellum © TheWrap Janelle Monáe Antebellum

In Janelle Monáe's latest film, a horror movie called "Antebellum," the horror she's living stems all the way back to the slave period in American history.

The first teaser for "Antebellum" begins with a black woman running through a field and screaming in agony while in the distance some men in confederate uniforms chase her down on horses. But all the while, the only sounds we hear are the modern day noises of a plane flying overhead and a 911 operator desperately trying to help whomever is on the other side of the line.

The film specifically stars Monáe as successful author Veronica Henley, finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late. There's also a creepy little girl in Civil War-era clothing who probably has something to do with whatever nightmare Monáe's character is living through.

"Antebellum" comes from the producers of "Get Out" and "Us" and is directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, or the team of Bush+Renz.

Monáe stars with Marque Richardson II, Eric Lang, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.

Bush+Renz also produced the film with Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Zev Foreman, Lezlie Wills.

"Antebellum" opens in theaters April 24, 2020 from Lionsgate. Watch the first teaser trailer above.

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