(January 18, 2024: This post was updated with the official trailer.) In the highly anticipated HBO Original documentary, “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero,” viewers are granted unprecedented access into the dynamic world of Lil Nas X, the Grammy award-winning artist who took the music industry by storm with his 2019 crossover hit, “Old Town Road.”
Directed by Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel, the film is set to debut on January 27th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, with streaming available on Max.
Spanning 60 days of the “Long Live Montero” tour in 2022/2023, the documentary immerses audiences in the three-act journey of Lil Nas X—Rebirth, Transformation, and Becoming.
This verité-style film delves deep into Montero Hill‘s personal exploration and self-discovery as he prepares for and embarks on his first-ever headlining U.S. tour.
Beyond the glitz and glamour of the stage, viewers witness Montero’s vulnerability and rawness off-stage, contrasting with his dazzling and spectacular on-stage persona.
As Lil Nas X navigates the pressures of his meteoric rise to stardom, the documentary sheds light on his desire to inspire fans, confront naysayers, and establish his place within the pantheon of Black, queer icons.
The film captures the essence of Montero’s elaborate stage show, guiding the audience through the highs and lows of his life via deeply personal music.
Off-stage, Montero is portrayed as a sensitive young man exploring his own queer identity, dealing with complex family relationships, and aspiring to be a force for self-expression and acceptance.
“Long Live Montero” introduces key participants in Lil Nas X’s journey, including show producer Saul Levitz, manager Adam Leber, creative director/stylist Hodo Musa, lead choreographer/show director Sean Bankhead, choreography assistant Christian Owens, and a host of other integral figures.
With exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the documentary promises an intimate look at the artist’s life, challenges, and triumphs.
In summary, “Long Live Montero” is a testament to Lil Nas X’s continuous journey of pushing boundaries, transcending genres, and reshaping expectations.
As he strives to become the truest and greatest version of himself, viewers are invited to join him on this captivating odyssey of self-discovery and musical evolution.
Watch the trailer below.
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