Janelle Monáe's Antebellum will skip cinemas and head straight to on-demand platforms, Lionsgate has confirmed.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt cinema schedules around the world, it's expected that the eagerly anticipated horror thriller won't be the last to change its approach in the coming months.
It was originally set to come out on April 24, but was delayed until August 21 due to COVID-19 and later, postponed indefinitely. It will now be made available to rent on premium streaming services on September 18 in the US.
Also starring American Horror Story's Gabourey Sidibe and Flatliners' Kiersey Clemons, the horror thriller was directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.
It centres on Veronica Henley (Monáe), a successful author who finds herself plunged into a dark, 17th Century nightmare after her abusive ex-husband incapacitates her on the way home one evening.
BrainDead's Lily Cowles, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Eric Lange (Narcos), Marque Richardson (Dear White People) and The Hunger Games' Jena Malone round out the cast.
"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' urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change," Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, told Deadline.
"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."
Antebellum will be released across premium video-on-demand platforms on September 18 in the US.
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