Belle Pics

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: