Tyler Perry's Mea Culpa is Netflix's sexiest thriller of February 2024 (release date and more)

Mea Culpa. (L-R) Kelly Rowland as Mea and Trevante Rhodes as Zyair in Mea Culpa. Cr. Bob Mahoney / Perry Well Films 2 / Courtesy Netflix
Mea Culpa. (L-R) Kelly Rowland as Mea and Trevante Rhodes as Zyair in Mea Culpa. Cr. Bob Mahoney / Perry Well Films 2 / Courtesy Netflix /

Tyler Perry is set to return soon with a steamy thriller called Mea Culpa. It's the filmmaker's fourth project on Netflix, which is part of his multi-year first-look deal with the streamer. His upcoming fifth project for Netflix will be the war drama film Six Triple Eight.

We first learned of Mea Culpa back in February 2023. At that time, it was announced that Perry had set his latest movie with Netflix and that he'd be writing, directing, and producing it. We had also learned at the time who else had signed on to produce, what it would be about, and who would be starring in it. Now, we know the official release date!

Find out all these juicy details below!

When is Mea Culpa coming to Netflix?

The legal thriller film is scheduled to be released on Netflix on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at 12:00 a.m. PT/3:00 a.m. ET. Additionally, it's rated R, meaning it may be unsuitable for ages under 17. It was given this age rating for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, strong language, and some violence and drug use. Given what type of film this is and the type of content shown, it makes sense why it's rated R. Overall, it's meant to be watched by mature, adult audiences only. We wouldn't recommend watching it with young kids around.


The movie follows a criminal defense attorney named Mea Harper, who takes on the case of an artist accused of murdering his girlfriend, in hopes that the case will make her partner at her firm. But as she works to crack the case, things quickly take a dangerous turn, and Mea finds herself having to choose between "family, duty, and her own dangerous desires."

Here's the official synopsis via Netflix Media Center:

"When criminal defense attorney Mea Harper (Kelly Rowland) takes on the murder case of artist Zyair Malloy (Trevante Rhodes), the truth isn't as obvious as it seems. While she tries to determine the innocence or guilt of her cagy-yet-seductive client, it is uncovered that everyone is guilty of something. Tyler Perry's Mea Culpa explores what happens when burning desire takes hold and things get hot... and dangerous."

Kelly Rowland
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Kelly Rowland, who is a former member of one of the world's best-selling girl groups Destiny's Child, stars in the leading role of Mea Harper. She's also an actress and has had roles in other movies such as Freddy vs. Jason, Think Like a Man and Netflix's The Curse of Bridge Hollow.

Trevante Rhodes
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Trevante Rhodes plays the role of Zyair Malloy, the seductive artist who is accused of murdering his girlfriend. Some of his other roles were in the movies Moonlight, The Predator, Bird Box, The United States vs. Billie Holiday and Candy Cane Lane.

Here's more of the cast and who they play in the film:

  • Sean Sagar as Kal
  • Nick Sagar as Ray
  • RonReaco Lee as Jimmy
  • Shannon Thornton as Charlise
  • Angela Robinson as Renee
  • Kerry O'Malley as Azalia
  • Connor Weil as Bobby

Rowland, Dianne Ashford, Will Areu, and Angi Bones are also producers of the film.

See the cast in action and get a sneak peek of the legal thriller by checking out the gripping official trailer!

Will you be watching Mea Culpa when it lands on Netflix on Feb. 23?

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