After a highly successful world premiere at TIFF last Fall, Stephen Williams‘ “Chevalier” is ready for its US theatrical release. And it’s also a huge role for Kelvin Harrison Jr., who, after memorable roles in “Cyrano,” “The Trial Of The Chicago 7,” and two Trey Schultes movies, looks poised for a break out now.
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“Chevalier” follows the true story of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a Guadalupe-born violinist and composer who, against all odds, rises to the highest echelons of French society. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette and her court.
Alongside Harrison Jr., “Chevalier” also stars Lucy Boynton, Samara Weaving, Martin Csokas, Alex Fitzalan, and Minnie Driver.
“Atlanta” and “What We Do In The Shadows” writer Stefanie Robinson pens “Chevalier” for Williams.
Critics raved about “Chevalier” after its TIFF world premiere (read The Playlist’s review of it here), so expect this film to be one of the must-watch theatrical releases this spring. The movie hits theaters everywhere on April 21. Watch a trailer for “Chevalier” below.