Audiences will be treated to another music biopic in 2023 with Chevalier, continuing the genre’s long-standing popularity. However, while films like Ray, Walk the Line, Straight Outta Compton, and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (more of a parody, but along the same lines) portrayed more modern musicians, Chevalier is concentrating on a renowned French classical composer who was the equivalent of a rock star in the 18th century.
The opportunity to witness the life of Joseph Bologne, also known as the “Black Mozart,” as performed by the budding actor Kelvin Harrison Jr., makes this one to watch in the first half of 2023, even though the plot is set during the French Revolution and includes historical figures such as Marie Antoinette.
Chevalier Release Date
On April 7, 2023, Chevalier makes its US theatrical debut exclusively (a UK release date has not been confirmed).
However, some people have already seen the film because it was exhibited as part of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Here is the official Chevalier summary, adapted from a screenplay by Stefani Robinson (Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows):
“Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a composer, was incredibly inspirational. Bologne, an illegitimate son of a French plantation owner and an African slave, achieves incredible success in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, replete with an unhappy love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette and her court.”
Chevalier Star Cast
The Chevalier actor playing Joseph Bologne sets the tone. Kelvin Harrison Jr. With outstanding performances in Luce, Waves, and Cyrano, Harrison has been steadily building up his resume recently. Most recently, he was spotted in the role of B.B. King in the movie Elvis.
In Chevalier, Samara Weaving (Ready or Not, Nine Perfect Strangers), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Rosaline), Marton Csokas (The Last Duel, The Equalizer), Sian Clifford (Fleabag, See How They Run), Alex Fitzalan (The Wilds), Ronke Adékolujo (Alex Rider), and Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Ipcress Files) all appear alongside.