‘Malcolm & Marie’ Trailer: Zendaya And John David Washington’s Relationship Is Tested In Netflix’s Steamy Drama

The working relationship between Zendaya and writer/director Sam Levinson has already proven a success, with HBO’s series Euphoria earning the actress an Emmy win for Best Actress. So why shouldn’t it work when taken to the next level, and with the help of Tenet star John David Washington? Well, that potential is why so many are eagerly awaiting the release of Malcolm & Marie, and expecting it to be a late entry into the Oscars race.

Written and directed by Levinson, and filmed in beautiful black & white during pandemic lockdown, the story follows a filmmaker and his girlfriend as they deal with a night of revelations about their relationship. And as seen in the trailer, this is going to run a full gamut of emotions that will really put Zendaya and Washington in the spotlight.

Malcolm & Marie hits Netflix on February 5th.

Writer/Director Sam Levinson teams up with Zendaya and John David Washington for 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. Working with cinematographer Marcell Rev, Levinson creates a film of rare originality; an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium’s future.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.