Halle Berry will screen her upcoming, oft-delayed film, 'Kidnap' at Essence Fest
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Halle Berry will screen her upcoming, oft-delayed film, 'Kidnap' at Essence Fest

Halle Berry’s promo machine is working up a storm right now! A recent talk she gave, noting how her Oscar win “meant nothing” for diversity is currently making waves.

Now, Berry is headed to the 2017 Essence Festival to kick off its slate of programming, described as “the nation’s largest gathering of African-American women.” Ava DuVernay is also slated as a speaker.

Aside from speaking, Berry has also revealed on Twitter that she’s hosting an advance screening of her often-delayed movie, Kidnap, at Essence.


Kidnap was initially supposed to be released in October 2015, but then it got pushed to February 2016, then December 2016 and then March 2017. As of now, all roads lead to August 4, 2017, which is now set as the release date. With Berry hosting a screening at Essence, things are looking good now for the movie to finally see the light of day.

The film is said to have tested quite well among black audiences, but one has to wonder, given just how long it’s been in limbo (2 years now), it’s possible that interest in it may have dwindled a bit, and when it finally does open on August 4, it may not perform as well as it might have if it had opened on schedule. But this could also turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Berry appears in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which will be out in September, so anticipation for that film (the first Kingsman movie grossed over $400 million worldwide) may help drive interest in Kidnap,  a month earlier.

Berry also executive produces the project with her production partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, via their 606 Films company, which she launched in early 2014 to produce what she described as “socially conscious” work, in the spirit of the company’s name (after the anti-paparazzi bill that Berry pushed, which California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law that same year).

Spanish filmmaker Luis Prieto (Pusher) directed Kidnap, from a script penned by Knate Gwaltney.

Di Bonaventura Pictures is the producer. Lotus Entertainment and Gold Star Films financed the film, as well as exec produced.


Chronicle Shadow & Act’s coverage of the film as well as more details about what’s been going on with:

What Happened to Halle Berry’s ‘Kidnap’ Thriller Which Was Supposed to Open in Theaters Today?

After 2 Years in Limbo, Halle Berry’s ‘Kidnap’ Finally Gets a Firm Release Date

You can view the trailer for Kidnap (from when it was distributed by Relativity Media) below:

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