The official trailer for ‘Chevalier’, starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, and Lucy Boynton, focuses on the extraordinary life of Chevalier de Saint-Georges (also known as Black Mozart).
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 (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) 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 (Lucy Boynton) and her court.
The opening moments introduce us to a young Joseph Bologne, who would later become known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Making his way to the music and romance filled city of Paris, Bologne finds all eyes fixed on him as the only person of color studying at the prestigious academy of music.
Stunning those around him with his violin skills, it quickly becomes apparent that Bologne is a man of many talents, even stepping up to display his unique gifts on stage with the legendary Mozart during one of the composer’s concerts.
Making a notable and powerful friend in Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton), the trailer sees the two beginning a passionate and forbidden love affair that will only fuel the fire of hate spewed at the incredibly talented musician.
Fighting for his right to be seen and celebrated alongside the white composers of his time, Bologne pushes the boundaries on what’s possible all while creating some of the best music that – until now – hasn’t been given its proper due.
Along with Boynton and Harrison Jr. the feature also stars Samara Weaving, Minnie Driver, Marton Csokas, and Alex Fitzalan.
Directed by Stephen Williams (Lost, Westworld), the screenplay was penned by Emmy nominee Stefani Robinson, who’s best known for her work behind the FX series Atlanta and What We Do in The Shadows.
Boasting a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the feature was a hit among critics where its story and performances were given two thumbs up.
The feature is the latest musical and period piece performance by Harrison Jr. having appeared this year in both Baz Luhrman’s Elvis as the legendary blues singer-songwriter-guitarist B.B. King and Joe Wright’s eye-catching musical adaptation of the classic tale of Cyrano.
With two major musical performances in his pocket, it’s clear that Harrison Jr. isn’t messing around when it comes to stepping into iconic roles.