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

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

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

My eyes are fixated on this movie…it 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

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


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

A fresh window into Europeans obsession with race!


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

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