Could Emmy-winner Zendaya also become an Oscar nominee? Her new Netflix movie, which she stars in alongside John David Washington, could potentially help the Euphoria leading lady shake up the 2021 awards season race. If the trailer for Malcom & Marie is any indication, Zendaya could be on her way to some Academy recognition.
Directed by Euphoria showrunner Sam Levinson, the black-and-white movie made headlines back when it was announced in July 2020 as one of the first major releases made during the coronavirus pandemic. Washington and Zendaya star as its titular couple, a filmmaker and his girlfriend whose relationship is tested after they come home from Malcolm's latest movie premiere and dark secrets surface between them. As the trailer promises, this is "not a love story," but "the story of love."
Since Malcolm & Marie was made under strict COVID safety precautions during the summer of 2020, the entire movie takes place in the fictional couple's lavish Los Angeles home. In fact, the movie rests entirely on the two actors' shoulders (there are no other characters).
Expect to see plenty of sexy and emotional moments between the two characters, whose romantic evening turns into a night full of screaming, steamy encounters, and pasta (you know, all the elements of a great romantic drama).
Check out the trailer for yourself below:
"I feel like once you know someone's there for you and once you know they love you, you never actually think of them again," Marie says to her partner. "It's not 'til you're about to lose someone that you finally pay attention."
It seems like Malcolm made a serious misstep in their relationship, as he later tells her, "You know that I'm thankful, you know that I made a mistake. So why turn it into something more?"
So, did Malcolm cheat on Marie, or fail to make her feel appreciated in their relationship as he chased success? The exact source of their conflict will probably be a secret until the movie comes out, but when it does, fans will be able to see two of Hollywood's biggest rising stars hash it out.
Malcolm & Marie hits Netflix on Friday, Jan. 22.