‘Beauty’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Pens ’80s Music Drama for Netflix
Gracie Marie Bradley, Sharon Stone, Niecy Nash and Giancarlo Esposito star in the 2022 Tribeca selected film, which premieres on Netflix June 29.
What is the real price of fame?
The music industry of the 1980s is explored in Netflix’s “Beauty,” written and produced by Lena Waithe and directed by Sundance Film Festival darling Andrew Dosunmu, who is also producing the feature. “Beauty” premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Festival and premiered on Netflix June 29.
Gracie Marie Bradley stars as Beauty, a rising singer who struggles to maintain her identity after being offered a lucrative recording contract by an executive, played by Sharon Stone. Niecy Nash and Giancarlo Esposito star as Beauty’s parents, who worry about whether she’s “ready” for whatever the spotlight has to offer.
“You know what they do to stars? They just build you up so they can take you down,” Nash says in the trailer, before warning Bradley, “You won’t be real. You will be a fantasy.
Bradley as Beauty says, “I can’t sing Black, white. I just know how to sing, because that’s what I like to do. I just want to use the gift God gave me.
“Queen and Slim” screenwriter Waithe penned the R-rated drama set in the 1980s. Emmy-winning “Master of None” writer/producer/star also appeared in “Better Things” and lent his voice to the animated series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”. Waithe also wrote on the television series “The Chi”, which she created, and later produced the basketball drama “Chang Can Dunk” and the foster care drama “A Thousand and One”.
Waithe is currently in pre-production on ‘Being Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Documentary,’ which she co-created with the late Moore’s husband, Dr. S. Robert Levine, on the making of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore. Moore Show”.
“Beauty” director Andrew Dosunmu previously helmed “Mother of George,” “Restless City” and “Where Is Kyra?” to critical acclaim. The Sundance alum is set to direct the historic period piece “Marked Man,” about a young black man who joins J. Edgar Hoover’s Federal Bureau of Investigation and infiltrates the Universal Negro Improvement Association organization of Mark Garvey. Winston Duke, Jesse Williams and DeWanda Wise are set to star.
“Beauty” is produced by Waithe and Michael Ellenberg, with Dosunmu, Carrie Fix and Rishi Rajani serving as executive producers.
Check out the trailer below.
“Beauty” premieres June 29 on Netflix.