"Chevalier" Star Kelvin Harrison Jr. Has Already Played Multiple Legends on Screen

Kelvin Harrison Jr. is currently making music magic as the talented violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges in the film "Chevalier." The 28-year-old actor has been steadily building his résumé for a while now, appearing in hit titles like "Elvis" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7," but "Chevalier" — which released in theaters on April 21 — is poised to be his biggest star turn yet.

Bologne was a French violinist and composer who worked to take leadership of the Paris Opera during the onset of the French Revolution. Harrison Jr. himself is a talented musician and plays violin, jazz and gospel piano, and trumpet, in addition to being a vocalist. For his role in "Chevalier," though, he had to take his violin skills to a new level. A violinist named Ronald Long was originally brought on to be Harrison Jr.'s hand double — but Long wound up teaching Harrison Jr. to play in just two months, per Classic FM.

Clearly a virtuoso in more ways than one, Harrison Jr. has a lot on his plate in the future. He's set to voice Scar in the Lion King prequel "Mufasa: The Lion King" and is also slated to star alongside Murray Bartlett and Sadie Sink in the postapocalyptic rock opera "O'Dessa."

Ahead, check out the most notable movies and TV shows he's appeared in so far.

Kelvin Harrison Jr. Movies and TV Shows

"Chevalier" (2023)

CHEVALIER, Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, 2022.  Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection
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Harrison Jr. stars in "Chevalier" as musician Joseph Bologne, the son of an enslaved woman and a French plantation owner. As Bologne rises as a musician in France, he eventually even grows close to Marie Antoinette, though their relationship winds up falling apart.

"Elvis" (2022)

ELVIS, from left: Austin Butler, as Elvis Presley, Kelvin Harrison Jr., as B.B. King, 2022. ph: Kane Skennar / Warner Bros. /Courtesy Everett Collection
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Harrison Jr. plays blues legend B.B. King in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic. "Now I'm doing legends only, so unless you got a legend, don't call me, period," he joked to Shadow and Act in 2022 after taking on the role.

"Cyrano" (2021)

In the musical film "Cyrano," Harrison Jr. plays Christian, a soldier in love with a woman named Roxanne but unable to express his feelings. Things grow complicated when Cyrano — who happens to be in love with Roxanne, too — begins writing love letters that Christian pretends are his.

"Godfather of Harlem" (2020)

GODFATHER OF HARLEM, from left: Lucy Fry as Stella Gigante, Kelvin Harrison, Jr. as Teddy Greene, How I Got Over, (Season 1, ep. 108, aired Nov. 17, 2019). photo: David Lee / Epix / Courtesy Everett Collection
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In the series "Godfather of Harlem," Harrison Jr. plays Teddy Greene, an aspiring musician who falls in love with a mob boss's daughter.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" (2020)

Harrison Jr. plays legendary Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton in "The Trial of the Chicago 7." The film tells the true story of a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters who were put on trial in 1968.

"Waves" (2019)

WAVES, Kelvin Harrison Jr., 2019.  A24 / courtesy Everett Collection
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Harrison Jr. stars as Tyler, a high-school wrestler keeping an injury a secret from his team and his father, in "Waves." His life grows even more complicated when he discovers his girlfriend is pregnant and he begins to struggle with addiction.

"Luce" (2019)

LUCE, Kelvin Harrison Jr., 2019.  Neon / courtesy Everett Collection
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Harrison Jr. plays another star high-school athlete in this film, this time dealing with a few challenging relationships. Things grow more complicated as he grows more rebellious.

"Monsters and Men" (2018)

In "Monsters and Men," a film loosely inspired by the killing of Eric Garner, Harrison Jr. plays Zyrick, a boy who gets caught up in the aftermath of a young Black man's death at the hands of the police.

"It Comes at Night" (2017)

IT COMES AT NIGHT, l-r: Joel Edgerton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., 2017. A24/courtesy Everett Collection
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"It Comes at Night" follows a family hiding in the woods as a highly contagious disease is sweeping the globe. Harrison Jr. plays the family's teenage son, Travis.

"Chevalier" is in theaters now.