Beyond the Lights is the story of a troubled singer (Noni Jean) on the verge of super stardom. Noni Jean is played by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw know notably for her performance as the main character in the indie film, Belle (18th-century historical piece about a black woman raised as almost an equal in a white household.). In the film, Gugu’s character (Noni) struggles with her identity and the pressure of becoming a world renowned super star, who contrary to her personal aspirations is forced to sell an overly sexy image of herself. Noni ends up finding solace and self-acceptance after meeting co-star Nate Parker’s character Kaz Nicol. Parker’s character, Kaz is an up and coming police officer and aspiring politician assigned to serve as protection for the superstar but later finds himself over the edge for the pop damsel in distress. Instantly, Kaz and Noni find themselves in a hot and heavy romance despite the disapproval of those around them. In the end, Noni discovers her courage and voice through Kaz’s love; which pushes her to be the artist she always wanted to be.
‘Beyond the Lights’ was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood the creator of the now classic american film’Love and Basketball.’ According to reports from the Star, the film has already premiered at TIFF and is set to hit theaters November 14th, 2014. View the trailer below and be sure to leave us your comments, thought and opinions.