By Ron Wynn

NASHVILLE, TN — Two of Hollywood’s hottest performers are teamed in an upcoming Netflix film, and the trailer for it has just been released. “Malcolm & Marie” co-stars John David Washington and Zendaya and is the latest effort of “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson. The new trailer can now be viewed on the Shadow and Act website. 

It is being billed as a “romantic drama.” The plot follows what happens when 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.

“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’s” second 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. “Malcom and Marie” 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. They decided to donate their proceeds to charity. Another investor is Kid Cudi. No release date has yet been announced.