Netflix is kicking off 2024 with a vision of our dystopic future. The streamer just released a new trailer for The Kitchen, which imagines a near-future version of London, complete with reckless biker gangs and lots of holographic displays to complete the cyberpunk look. The film is helmed by Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya (who also serves as co-writer and co-producer) and starts streaming on January 19th, 2024.
According to Netflix’s description, in this version of London “the gap between rich and poor has been stretched to its limits,” which leads to the titular setting of the movie.
All forms of social housing have been eradicated and only The Kitchen remains. A community that refuses to move out of the place they call home. This is where we meet a solitary Izi, living here by necessity and desperately trying to find a way out, and a 12-year-old Benji, who has lost his mother and is searching for a family. We follow our unlikely pair as they struggle to forge a relationship in a system that is stacked against them.
The Kitchen stars Top Boy’s Kane Robinson — a musician also known as Kano — in the lead role of Izi, alongside newcomer Jedaiah Bannerman as Benji. The rest of the cast includes Hope Ikpoku Jnr, Ian Wright, BackRoad Gee, Cristale, Teija Kabs, and Demmy Ladipo.
Next year is shaping up to be a good one for fans of grim visions of the future. In addition to The Kitchen, 2024’s lineup also includes Alex Garland’s Civil War, a prequel to George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, and a live-action take on Fallout coming to Prime Video.