Watch: Theatrical Trailer for Drama 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw
"What is right can never be impossible." Fox Searchlight has unveiled the full theatrical trailer for Amma Asante's Belle, a period drama set in 18th century England focusing on a young black woman raised as an aristocrat. Talented British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays the title role alongside a strong ensemble cast in the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate, bi-racial daughter of a Royal Navy admiral. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson play the guardians/parents of Dido, and the rest of the cast features the likes of Matthew Goode, Tom Felton (once again playing an asshole), Sarah Gadon and Miranda Richardson. While this film premiered at TIFF just last month, it didn't earn too much buzz. Take a look.
Here's the full theatrical US trailer for Amma Asante's Belle, in high def from Apple:
In late eighteenth century England, Dido Elizabeth Belle is born to a white British admiral and a black Caribbean slave. The admiral's well-bred family is appalled, but when he returns to sea, custom dictates that they raise his child as an aristocrat. Britain's imposing Lord Mansfield (Wilkinson) is both Dido's uncle and the family patriarch, and instructs this biracial woman (Mbatha-Raw) to respect both the law and the social codes of her station. She is a lady, but she is an embarrassment. How is she ever to marry?
Belle is the second feature directed by actress-filmmaker Amma Asante (A Way of Life), from a screenplay written by Misan Sagay. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released by Fox Searchlight. Belle will arrive in limited theaters starting May 2nd, 2014 early next summer. Anyone interested in this?