Sarah Gavron’s upcoming drama “Suffragette,” starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, will world premiere as the opening night film for the 59th BFI London Film Festival on October 7. Timed to this announcement, a new trailer for the potential awards player has hit the web.
“Suffragette” tells the story of early British feminists who fought tirelessly for the right to vote through the eyes of Maud (Mulligan). The film is an adaptation of the true story of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, the founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, and the women who fought alongside her, even at the expense of their families, jobs and homes. Pankhurst is played by Streep. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Whishaw.
“Suffragette” is set to hit U.S. theaters on October 23 just in time for awards season.