Sturgill Simpson Plays a Cop in ‘Queen & Slim’ — Watch the Trailer
The first-look trailer for the romantic drama Queen & Slim is here, and it reveals the flaws and fate of Sturgill Simpson's character, a crooked cop whose actions thrust Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) into a Bonnie & Clyde-like adventure. Readers can press play above to watch the preview, which debuted on Sunday night (June 23).
Simpson's role in Queen & Slim, identified by IMDB as Police Officer Reed, isn't his first rodeo as an actor: He appears as a "guitar zombie" and provides the theme song for the current theatrical release The Dead Don't Die. In 2018, he played Ken Fry in five episodes of the CBS All Access drama One Dollar.
Queen & Slim marks the big-screen directorial debut of Melina Matsoukas, known for the HBO series Insecure, Netflix's Master of None and music videos for Beyonce and Rihanna. She tells Variety that the film highlights the struggle of love in the black community in the midst of racial turmoil.
“It’s a film that defines black love as a revolutionary act," Matsoukas says. "It shows that our union is the greatest weapon against the assault on black people in America.”
Time will tell if the film's Nov. 27 release cures Simpson of his acting bug -- a desire he jokingly described as a "mid-life crisis" to late-night talk show host Seth Myers -- and eases him back into the recording studio. In that same interview, which took place in late 2018, Simpson said that he had been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, for some time.
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