Watch the Trailer for Belle, a Period Drama About a Biracial Aristocrat


Fox Searchlight’s Belle follows the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Born in 1761, Dido was the daughter of a white Royal Navy admiral and a black African woman.

From First Showing:

Talented British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays the title role alongside a strong ensemble cast in the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate, bi-racial daughter of a Royal Navy admiral. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson play the guardians/parents of Dido, and the rest of the cast features the likes of Matthew Goode, Tom Felton (once again playing an asshole), Sarah Gadon and Miranda Richardson. While this film premiered at TIFF just last month, it didn’t earn too much buzz.

I’m intrigued! Belle is the second feature directed by actress-filmmaker Amma Asante (A Way of Life), from a screenplay written by Misan Sagay. (We saw some images from the film earlier this year.) It hits theaters on May 2, 2014.

[First Showing, The Mary Sue]

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