Zendaya's 'Malcolm & Marie' Arrives to Netflix in February 2021

Erica Gonzales
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Photo credit: DOMINIC MILLER/NETFLIX © 2021
Photo credit: DOMINIC MILLER/NETFLIX © 2021

From Harper's BAZAAR

What would a film created during a global pandemic look like? We'll have our answer in Malcolm & Marie, the indie flick starring Zendaya and John David Washington that was produced entirely during the quarantine era under a myriad of strict social distancing guidelines. The feature, filmed this summer in California, will come to Netflix in February. While you wait for the moment when you can add the flick to your queue, catch up on all the basics below.

It premieres on 5 February

Malcolm & Marie arrives to Netflix on Friday 5 February 2021. The streaming platform announced the news on Twitter.

It pays homage to great Hollywood romances.

The Sam Levinson-helmed film is "an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium's future," according to a synopsis from Netflix.

The description teases that Malcolm & Marie is an "achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love."

Netflix bought it for $30 million.

The streaming giant purchased the film in a major sale out of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, Variety reported. It trumped other interested platforms like HBO and Amazon.

Many health and safety guidelines were in place.

With Euphoria creator Sam Levinson directing, Zendaya, Washington, and a limited crew gathered at the eco-conscious and architecturally stunning Caterpillar House in Carmel, California. Filming took place from 17 June to 2 July, and everyone was tested for COVID-19 and quarantined for two weeks before shooting began.

A producer developed health precautions for the set with the help of production unions and a doctor's guidance. Cast and crew members wore masks, abided by social distancing rules, and were not allowed to leave the property. Even a chef quarantined with them on the premises; food was individually wrapped rather than served buffet style.

Actors were in charge of dressing and mic-ing themselves. Crew members couldn't be near them without proper protective gear. Temperature checks were taken at the beginning and end of each day. Crew sanitized the set and gear. People were instructed to stay at least six feet apart unless necessary. Tissues were provided for touching door handles. See the full list of rules here, per Deadline.

It's supposedly reminiscent of Marriage Story.

When news of Malcolm & Marie first broke, Deadline reported that the film "has some echoes of Netflix's Marriage Story, while resonating a number of social themes that the world is experiencing right now."

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