The more I look at Gina Prince-Bythewood's BEYOND THE LIGHTS, the more I get a made-for-TV vibe. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, seeming as TV is still experiencing its new golden age, but the whole "starlet struggling under the weight of superstardom finds a new lease on life with a promising romance" thing just screams Lifetime Television.
But, again, the caliber of talent Prince-Bythewood has assembled for this piece is what's keeping me hopeful. Gugu Mbatha-Raw's critically acclaimed performance in Belle is still fresh in people's minds, and Nate Parker has always been a solid actor, so I am counting on them to really elevate the film.
Here's the synopsis:
BEYOND THE LIGHTS is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new award-winning artist who is primed for superstardom. But not all is what it seems,and the pressures cause Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?
The teaser trailer premiered during last night's BET Awards, and I've also got it here for you. Check it out:
BEYOND THE LIGHTS is in theaters November 14th.