Photo by: Larry Horricks/Searchlight Pictures
We were joined on the Popternative show by Kelvin Harrison Jr. who portrays 18th century musical phenomenon Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges in Searchlight Pictures’ biopic Chevalier. Inspired by the true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, he was the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who went on to become a celebrated violinist-composer. He also went on to rebell against French society and the constant prejudice and bigotry he faced.

Directed by Stephen Williams (Watchmen, Lost) with a screenplay by Stefani Robinson (Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows), Chevalier also stars Samara Weaving (Nine Perfect Strangers, Ready or Not), Lucy Boynton (The Pale Blue Eye, Sing Street), Minnie Driver (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Speechless), Sian Clifford (Unstable, Fleabag), Alex Fitzalan (The Wilds, The Society), and Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (Alex Rider, Rain Dogs).

(L) Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges in Chevalier. Photo by: Larry Horricks/Searchlight Pictures

Kelvin discusses the importance of making this film since historically, scholars and historians have had a difficult time documenting Bologne’s life with much of his music and documents destroyed in Napoleonic times. Kelvin also explains how he prepared for portraying Chevalier, both emotionally and musically. It certainly helped that he has been playing the violin and other instruments long before taking on this role.

Watch the full interview with Kelvin Harrison Jr. below.

Chevalier is playing in theaters.

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