Trailer breakdown: All the hidden details and clues we found in the Antebellum teaser

Kiersey Clemons (left) and Janelle Monae (right) in ANTEBELLUM.. Credit: Matt Kennedy, Lionsgate
Kiersey Clemons (left) and Janelle Monae (right) in ANTEBELLUM.. Credit: Matt Kennedy, Lionsgate /

Antebellum is a new movie from the producers of Us and Get Out that stars Janelle Monáe. The new teaser trailer gives us a hint of what the film’s plot.

Antebellum is a mysterious horror project hailing from the producers of Get Out and Us. Keep in mind that Jordan Peele is not involved, but several of the people he worked with are on the crew of this new film.

Little is known about the story of Antebellum except that it appears to involve time travel to the 1800s. The leading character, Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe), is a successful author who finds herself trapped inside of a nightmarish reality.

It looks like the film will begin in present-tense, but that Veronica may find herself transported to a time when slavery was alive and thriving. The word “antebellum” translates to “before the war,” specifically before the Civil War.

Like Us and Get Out, Antebellum will explore themes of racism and inequality, both in the past and present. However, it aims to do so with a cerebral mystery at its core. The new teaser for the film gives us a little taste of what to expect, but the majority of details are being kept under wraps.

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Along with Monáe, the film will also star Jena Malone, Kiersey Clemons, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, and Gabourey Sidibe.

A few things we noticed in the trailer was the usage of butterflies, which could potentially be a reference to the butterfly effect and time travel? It looks like there is a butterfly symbol on Veronica’s book, and there is one on the poster.

One shot of the film also shows a young girl standing in a long hallway, similar to The Shining.

The tagline is “fate chose you, to save us from the past,” indicating that Veronica is forced into whatever happens to her — perhaps to change the outcome of history? She also appears to get kidnapped at one point, the same night she’s out with friends and sees a horse and buggy cart across the road — a potential indication of a fractured reality?

Some people have said the movie seems very similar to the novel Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, which also sees a woman being shuffled back and forth between her modern time and life on a plantation in the past. It’ll be interesting to see how the two compare when Antebellum releases.

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Antebellum will be released in theaters on April 24.