Antebellum on Canal +: close-up on Janelle Monáe, the star of this horror film

The film Antebellum is broadcast this evening on Canal +. The feature film is worn by actress and singer Janelle Monáe. Discover his background.

Released in our theaters on September 9, Antebellum (which means “before the war” in Latin) is directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz and worn by singer and actress Janelle Monáe.

The feature film follows Veronica Henley, a successful author who finds herself trapped in a dreadful world whose mystery she must unravel before it is too late.

A thriller to discover tonight on CANAL +.

Born in Kansas City on December 1, 1985, Janelle Monáe dreams of becoming a singer. However, she first studied comedy at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York before returning to her first passion: music.

She then moved to Atlanta where she met Big Boi, member of the Outkast group. She appears on two pieces of the duo, Call the law and In Your Dreams and through them met Sean Combs, alias Diddy, who signed her to his Bad Boy Records label in 2006.

The following year, she released her first solo album, the EP Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). Republished in a special edition under the title Metropolis: The Chase Suite, this mini-album is nominated for the Grammy Awards.

In 2010, his first real studio album was released. Nourished by references such as Philip K. Dick and Fritz Lang, The ArchAndroid is built on Cindy Mayweather, the alter-ego of Monáe, an android woman and messianic figure within her community in Metropolis. Before the release of his second album, The Electric Lady, in 2013, she met a great success with the song We are young in duet with the group Fun.

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While continuing to devote herself to music (she is notably at the head of the independent label Wondaland Records and released a third album, Dirty Computer, in 2018), she made her film debut by lending her voice to one of the characters in the animated film Rio 2 in 2014.

Big screen debut in 2017

It took three years to discover her on screen in Moonlight, Oscar for best film in 2017. The same year, she starred in Figures deombre, which traces the fate of three African-American scientists who allowed the United States to take the lead in the conquest of space.

SF enthusiast, Janelle Monáe appears in an episode of the Electric Dreams series, based on the stories of Philip K. Dick. She continues in the imaginary worlds with Welcome to Marwen by Robert Zemeckis, in which Steve Carell plays a man traumatized and amnesic following an assault who takes refuge in the world of the figurines he makes.

After UglyDolls and La Belle et le trochard, two family films that she dubbed, she took part in more committed and militant productions. Harriet and The Glorias, both previously unseen in French cinemas, look back on the journey of two exceptional women: Harriet Tubman, a former slave and political activist, anti-racist and feminist, and Gloria Steinem, journalist and promoter of women’s rights.

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In 2020, the actress and singer has a double topicality: she lands the main role of season 2 of Homecoming, a series that we owe to the creator of Mr. Robot, and is therefore the heroine of Antebellum, a horror film in line with the works of Jordan Peele aired tonight on CANAL +. With this stimulating and provocative feature film, she hears the start of a conversation “On race, politics, what it means to be American and what the American dream means today”.

Discover our interview with Janelle Monáe for Antebellum

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