It was recently announced that the highly-anticiapted film, Antebellum starring Janelle Monáe will now premiere as a Premium On-Demand release and will officially debut on all platforms on September 18th.

The film, written and directed by Christopher Renz and Gerard Bush will also be released theatrically in select international markets.

The official announcement was made by Chairman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Joe Drake. In an official statement, Drake said, “While the theatrical experience will always be the heart of our business, we are thrilled that we are able to seize the opportunity to match Gerard and Chris’s urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change.”

Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz added, “While we designed Antebellum to be consumed as a communal experience in the theater, we are thrilled by the unique opportunity we have to pivot to a different kind of communal moment in our culture. As we face the realities of systemic racism in our country, which have crescendoed to this current inflection point in 2020, we understand how imperative it is to bring Antebellum to the broadest audience possible, while also prioritizing health and safety. It is our ardent hope that by sharing our film widely, both nationally and internationally, we will transform the moviegoing experience from home into a true event.”

Antebellum tells the story of Veronica Henley (portrayed by Janelle Monáe) as she finds herself trapped in a reality that forces her to confront her past, present, and future – before it’s too late.

The film stars Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Tongayi Chirisa.