Here’s a your first look at David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in Amma Asante’s follow-up to last year’s critically-acclaimed “Belle,” titled “A United Kingdom.”
Oyelowo stars, playing yet another notable real-life human being in Seretse Khama – Botswana’s first president from 1966-80 – with Rosamund Pike co-starring, playing Ruth Williams, the young white woman who would eventually become his wife, and the inaugural First Lady of Botswana.
The pair met in 1947 and eventually made headline news all over the world, after falling in love and getting married, while Seretse Khama was an heir to the chieftainship of the Bamangwato tribe in Botswama. The film focuses on their interracial love affair that was considered so scandalous at the time, so much that the couple had to spend six years in exile in London, banned from Khama’s own country because he married a white woman.
The couple’s son, Ian Khama, is currently president of Botswana.
“Amma and Rosamund are two of the most exciting talents working in film today,” said Oyelowo in a previous statement. “I’ve worked with both of them before and so my excitement about them joining ‘A United Kingdom’ stems from a knowledge of just how inspiring they are to work with and how much daring and beauty they will bring to this epic love story.”
Oyelowo is also serving as producer, alongside Rick McCallum (long-time George Lucas producer), Brunson Green, Justin Moore Lewy and Charlie Mason.
The film is being made with the cooperation of the Khama family, which previously issued the following statement regarding the project: “We are pleased that the story of Sir Seretse Khama and Lady Khama is being brought to life in the film A United Kingdom by Pathe. Our family has been regularly involved in development of this film so far, having collaborated closely with the screenwriter Guy Hibbert in what we believe is a wonderful script. We are equally pleased that David Oyelowo will lead the cast as Seretse.”
The film is backed by French media giant Pathé International, but no USA studio is attached to distribute Stateside yet. Although Pathé plans to take it to the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival where it’ll be shopped to distributors worldwide.
Given its production timeline, a late 2016 premiere is very likely. It’s a film that’s on my Oscar 2017 potentials list.