The new drama “Monster”, directed by Anthony Mandler. The film is based on the 1999 young adult novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers, which received many awards, including the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The cast for Monster is absolutely stacked, including Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright playing Steve’s parents, rounded out with Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle, Rakim “A$AP Rocky” Mayers, Nasir “Nas” Jones, Tim Blake Nelson, and John David Washington.
“Monster” tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.
“Monster” arrives on Netflix on May 7. Check out the first trailer and official poster below:
“Monster” is a young adult drama novel by American author Walter Dean Myers and was published by HarperCollins in 1999. It was nominated for the 1999 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2000, and was named a Coretta Scott King Award Honor the same year. The book uses a mixture of a third-person screenplay and a first-person diary format to tell the story, through the perspective of Steve Harmon, an African American teenager.