Malcolm & Marie, Netflix’s dreamy new film starring Zendaya and John David Washington, will premiere next February. I, for one, am ready to have my heart either filled with the fuzzies or shattered in two.

Described as “an ode to the great Hollywood romances”, Malcolm & Marie will premiere February 5, 2021 on Netflix.

Zendaya retweeted Netflix’s announcement, writing, “Now my heart is racing, so much excitement in it.”

The romantic drama was directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. It was quietly filmed over a two-week period during the pandemic, which in itself is quite impressive.

In it, Washington plays a filmmaker who returns home with his girlfriend (Zendaya) following a celebratory movie premiere. While waiting for the reviews to start piling in, the evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationship begin to bubble to the surface.

The film also delves into a number of social themes the world is experiencing at the moment, so strap in.

Malcolm & Marie was the first post-pandemic film to complete production. It was also completely filmed in black-and-white with cinematography by Marcell Rév.

Zendaya / Malcolm & Marie
Malcolm & Marie / Netflix.

The crew locked in strict social distancing protocols and safety measures during production, like how no more than one person was allowed in a room at any given time unless the additional person previously quarantined with the cast or crew member.

If you want to read the full list of quarantine, shoot rules, general rules, testing, equipment requirements, hygiene on set, physical distancing, crew levels, [inhales] production offices, locations, accomodations – the list just goes on – click here.

I did four and a half puzzles during lockdown. Same thing.

Anyway, word around the block is Netflix is readying to launch a full-on Oscars campaign for the film. The streaming service scooped up the rights to the film for a cool USD$30 million, beating out rivals Amazon, HBO, Apple, A24, Searchlight, MGM, and Focus Features.

Washington most recently starred in Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet, which is in cinemas now. Zendaya, meanwhile, is gearing up for the release of two special episodes of Euphoria.

The two special episodes will be released ahead of season 2, with the first premiering December 6 on HBO.

Season 2 won’t premiere until next year, so think of the extra episodes as a bridge between the two parts.

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