By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 24, 2014 at 11:52AM
Discover the world of Dido Belle Lindsay (as played by star Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and the characters around her, in a behind the scenes featurette from Fox Searchight's upcoming period drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante, which is set for release in the USA on May 2, 2014.
The period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s, which made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, stars Mbatha-Raw, Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Claflin, and Matthew Goode.
The story takes place in the 1780s, and is based on a true story - specifically, the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It follows Belle, adopted into an aristocratic family, who faces class and color prejudices. As she blossoms into a young woman, she develops a relationship with a vicar's son who is an advocate for slave emancipation.
Tom Felton (from the Harry Potter movies), Sam Reid (playing Belle's love interest), James Norton and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) co-star.
Misan Sagay penned the script; Damian Jones produced.
Zeba positively reviewed the film at TIFF. Read her thoughts HERE.
Watch the featurette below: