Searchlight Pictures postponed the theatrical release of the biographical drama until the end of April 2023.
The next film from Searchlight Pictures Gentleman has been rescheduled for its theatrical release. The film, which was previously set to open on April 7, 2023, will now be available to audiences on April 21 of the same year, according to Collider. The film received critical acclaim when it premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
The biographical drama depicts the life of Joseph Bologne, a Franco-Caribbean musician often known as the “black Mozart.” The film presents the story of this extraordinary violinist and composer, who rose to fame despite racial discrimination at the time. Bologne, the illegitimate son of a French plantation owner and an African slave, navigated the heights of French society as a successful composer before a love affair went awry. During this period, he even had a falling out with Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France. The film brings a combination of drama and classical music history, offering a unique insight into the life of a musical talent.
The story of a man ahead of his time
In the film, viewers follow the journey of a mixed-race child prodigy who becomes one of the greatest musicians of all time. Despite the racism and abuse, Bologna never gave up and was even considered for the high-profile position of conductor of the Paris Opera. One of the main goals of the film is to give a comprehensive overview of Chevalier’s life and see how he impacted the world. This is the official synopsis of the film:
“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, with an ill-fated love affair and feud with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court”.
Gentleman is directed by Primetime Emmy Award winner Stephen Williams, with music by Kris Bowers and a screenplay by Stefani Robinson, executive producer of “Atlanta” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” The film is produced by Element Pictures and distributed by Searchlight Pictures.
Stars include Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Joseph Bologne, Minnie Driver, Samara Weaving, Marton Csokas, Lucy Boyton, Alec Newman, Sian Clifford, Alex Fitzalan, and Ronke Adekoluejo. The theatrical release of Gentleman will take place on April 21, 2023 and Searchlight Pictures has yet to reveal why the release has been delayed. In the meantime, you can check out the official trailer below.