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Fox Searchlight Picks Up British Period Drama 'Belle,' Directed by Amma Asante

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 1, 2013 at 3:37PM

Fox Searchlight has acquired most worldwide rights including North America and the U.K. to the British period drama "Belle," directed by Amma Asante who in 2005 won a BAFTA for her debut film "A Way of Life."
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Amma Asante
Amma Asante

Fox Searchlight has acquired most worldwide rights including North America and the U.K. to the British period drama "Belle," directed by Amma Asante who in 2005 won a BAFTA for her debut film "A Way of Life."

The film is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw in her first starring role), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Royal Navy Admiral Sir John Lindsey (Matthew Goode). "Belle" traces Dido's 18th century rise in the aristocracy and the adversity she faces due to her lineage as she falls in love with a young vicar. It also stars Tom Felton, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson.

Read more about director Asante in a feature on trailblazing black female directors via The Lost Boys here. "Belle" is slated for release across North America and the UK in Spring 2014.

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