Malcolm & Marie, the film starring John David Washington and Zendaya and directed by Sam Levinson, will be released Feb. 5, Shadow and Act has learned.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Netflix is prepping an Oscar campaign for the film as well.
The official synopsis from Netflix: Sam Levinson teams up with Zendaya and John David Washington for an achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love. Working with cinematographer Marcell Rev, Levinson creates a film of rare originality; an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium’s future.
Malcolm and Marie was the first feature film to complete production during the pandemic. Production took place from June 17-July 2 at the Caterpillar House, described as “an environmentally conscious glass architectural marvel in Carmel, CA.” The set was compliant with WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA approvals and COVID-19 safety protocols and strict safety guidelines.
Once Levinson was told that Euphoria season 2 had to shut down, Zendaya called him one night during quarantine and asked if he could write and direct a film during the quarantine.
It was funded by Levinson’s production partner and wife, Ashley Levinson, Kevin Turen, Washington and Zendaya. Yariv Milchan and Michael Schafer also came on board to support financing and wanted to donate their proceeds charity. Kid Cudi is also an investor. All three executive producers on the project with Aaron L. Gilbert, Will Greenfield, Washington, Zendaya. Katia Washington, Harrison Kreiss, Stuart Manashil and Kenneth Yu co-executive produce.
Trey Mangum also contributed to this report.