The music biopic has always been a trend, and in 2023 Chevalier will add another one for moviegoers to enjoy. Nevertheless, 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. While most of the attention was on the various MCU-related delays and Mahershala Ali’s Blade being put on pause, Disney completely changed their release schedule for the upcoming years and gave a time when Kelvin Harrison Jr.’s portrayal of composer Joseph Bologne will go on stage. On April 7, 2023, Harrison Jr. will now enchant spectators as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges as he rises to fame in French society.
Bologne, the first-known classical composer of African descent and the illegitimate child of a French plantation owner and an enslaved African, is the subject of Chevalier’s extraordinary but little-known life and times. His father enrols him in music lessons because of his dazzling musical talent at a young age.
He would develop into a renowned fencer and pianist, overcoming bigotry to enter Marie Antoinette’s (Lucy Boynton) inner circle. Still, his standing in French society would eventually be by a bad love relationship and a quarrel with Antoinette. After portraying the iconic B.B. King in Baz Luhrman’s Elvis, Harrison Jr. had difficulty bringing the classical figure to life. By all accounts, he was successful.
Marie Antoinette and other historical personalities are in the narrative, during the French Revolution. However, the opportunity to see the life of Joseph Bologne, also known as the “Black Mozart,” as performed by Kelvin Harrison Jr. So, go ahead and read on to learn more about the upcoming movie, which is becoming the talk of the town now. Also, get the details about the cast and plot now.
Chevalier Release date
The US debut of Chevalier is set on April 7, 2023, exclusively in theatres (a UK release date has not been confirmed). Though it was exhibited as part of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, some people have already watched the movie. Chevalier is a product of Stephen Williams, who more recently chose to focus on producing and directing episodes for television programmes, including Watchmen, Westworld, and Ray Donovan, rather than developing feature films. Additionally, it represented his return to TIFF after making his debut there in 1995 with Soul Survivor. To realise Stefani Robinson’s idea for her debut feature film, a writer, and producer from Atlanta linked up. She has also written multiple episodes of What We Do in the Shadows, another popular FX programme. Robinson produced the movie with Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, and Diane McGunigle.
The cast of Chevalier
As Joseph Bologne, Kelvin Harrison Jr. sets the tone for Chevalier. Forth the past few years, Harrison has amassed quite the resume, turning in memorable performances in Luce, Waves, and Cyrano. In the movie Elvis, he most recently appeared as another musical legend, B.B. King.
Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), 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 Harrison in Chevalier. Stephen Williams is helming Chevalier. Williams has primarily worked in the television industry, directing episodes of popular series such as Watchmen, Westworld, How to Get Away With Murder, Lost, and more. He hasn’t made a feature film since he co-wrote and directed the independent film Soul Survivor in 1995.
The plot of Chevalier
The official Chevalier synopsis, based on a script by Stefani Robinson (Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows), is as follows:
“I was inspired by the remarkable life story of the composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Bologne, the son of a French plantation owner and an enslaved African, achieved incredible success in French society as a celebrated musician, composer, and skilled fencer. He also has a disastrous love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette and her court.”
Chevalier, which premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, has already garnered several favourable reviews from critics. With a “Fresh” rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes(opens in new tab) and a score of 67 on Metacritic, the film has a promising start (opens in new tab). As the release date of Chevalier approaches, more reviews are most likely to be out.
A thrilling sneak peeks into the lives, times, and music of Joseph Bologne can be in the first Chevalier trailer, which has just been out. Observe it below:
Where is the Chevalier movie being shot?
Filming wrapped up in November 2021 after principal photography commenced on September 7, 2021, in Prague, Czech Republic.
What’s the story behind Chevalier?
Joseph Bologne, the illegitimate child of a French plantation owner and an African slave, achieves incredible success in French society as a famed violinist-composer and fencer, replete with a relationship and fallout with Marie Antoinette.
What accomplishments made Chevalier de Saint-Georges famous?
The Chevalier de Saint-Georges is best famous today for being the first classical musician of African descent. He wrote a lot of operas, violin concertos, string quartets, and other instrumental music.
Chevalier de Saint-Georges, who was he?
French Creole violin virtuoso Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. So, led the city’s premier symphony orchestra and composed classical music in Paris.