Fox Searchlight Pictures debuted the trailer for Belle, an upcoming British drama film directed by Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay, and produced by Damian Jones.
Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton, and James Norton.
“Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.
Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.
Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.”
Belle premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released in theaters on May 2, 2014.
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