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Watch First Trailer For Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle' (Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw)

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 15, 2013 2:00 PM
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Here's your first look at Amma Asante’s period drama Belle, which Fox Searchlight will release on May 2, 2014

The period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s, made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

It stars Gugu Mbatha-RawMiranda RichardsonTom Wilkinson, Sarah GadonSam 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. 

Her full name was Dido Elizabeth Belle, born 1761, died 1804; she was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay (a white British Naval officer) and an African slave woman known only as Belle

Mbatha-Raw is of course playing the lead role. 

The project, which we've been following for about a year now, since it was first announced overseas, was developed and supported by the British Film Institute

It also co-stars Tom Felton (from the Harry Potter movies), Sam Reid (playing Belle's love interest), James Norton and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey). 

Misan Sagay penned the script; Damian Jones produced.

Zeba positively reviewed the film at TIFF. Read her thoughts HERE.

Watch the first trailer below:

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  • K. Asante | October 16, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    My eyes are fixated on this will be interesting to know how race played out in a very aristocratic and a blood-tier manner. Great job Ama! Just can't wait.

  • oliver webb | October 16, 2013 9:40 AMReply

    Great, great, great trailer!!! Looking forward to seeing this film.

  • Liling | October 16, 2013 12:25 AMReply

    Awesome! Although it's hardly for me to image in the 18 century a aristocrat would adopt a black girl. Since it was based on a true story, I'm very curious about it. Different to the movie , its plot can show the racial problem more natural and smooth. Anyway, time back to 18 century maybe is a new aspect to us to explore the racial problem.

  • Victor Pond | October 15, 2013 7:46 PMReply

    A fresh window into Europeans obsession with race!

  • Amari | October 15, 2013 4:00 PMReply

    This is perhaps one of the first period dramas I have ever looked forward to.

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