Hulu have released the teaser trailer for the upcoming horror-comedy Bad Hair from writer-director Justin Simien.
The film focuses on Anna Bludso, who has a traumatic experience during her childhood when her scalp is burnt from a mild relaxer perm. Fast-forward to 1989, Anna is now an adult and working a music video television show called Culture, which is the epitome of hip-hop and new jack swing style. Her life is turned upside down when her dreadlocked boss is replaced by Zora, a vicious ex-supermodel who looks to switch things up. When she warns Anna about her natural hair, she goes out and gets a weave from a bougie yet mystical hairdresser. She looks good and starts excelling at work with her new hair, but after a while, it begins to have a bloody mind of its own…literally.
The film had its world premiere at Sundance, where Hulu acquired it in a deal worth $8m. At the premiere, Justin Simien said:
I hope I use this genre that I am absolutely in love to interrogate the system that is obsessed with Black culture but doesn’t give a fuck about Black lives. I hope I can use this genre to interrogate a system that mines Black women for their culture, ideas, compassion, wisdom and perseverance but does not give them enough options to shine in this light.
The film stars Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Blair Underwood, Laverne Cox, Michelle Hurd, Judith Scott, Robin Thede, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Steve Zissis, MC Lyte, Kelly Rowland, James Van Der Beek, Usher Raymond, Chanté Adams, Dahéli Hall, Moses Storm, Jon Gabrus, Nicole Byer and Justin Simien.
Bad Hair will be released on the streaming service on the 23rd October 2020.