A UNITED KINGDOM

If you find yourself in the mood for love next February but aren’t really feeling the kinky thriller vibe of Fifty Shades Darker, consider waiting a week for A United Kingdom. The new drama by tells the story of Seretse, the king of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana), who meets and falls for Ruth Williams, a white commoner from England. But don’t mistake this for a fairy tale. A United Kingdom is rooted in real-life history and chronicles not just the sweet, sweeping romance between the couple, but also the controversy and hardships that follow after Seretse and Ruth decide to marry.

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike play the central couple, so you know A United Kingdom will be incredibly well acted, and Amma Asante (Belle) is behind the camera, so you know it will also be beautifully directed. A new trailer has just arrived thanks to Fox Searchlight, and you can check it out below.

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A United Kingdom trailer

A United Kingdom is like a trifecta of talents who seem like they should be much bigger than they are. In the lead roles it has Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, who gave two of the best performances of 2014, and behind the camera it’s got Amma Asante, who delivered the smart period drama Belle that same year. While none of them are at household name status quite yet, all three are worth keeping an eye on. So when they all converge for one project, you can bet we’ll be paying attention.

Based on a true story, A United Kingdom chronicles the eventful romance of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. The two meet and fall in love in 1940s London, which is tough enough given they’re an interracial couple — but their relationship is further complicated by the fact that he is the prince of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana). The film is slated to debut at TIFF next month, but before we get there you can check out the first A United Kingdom trailer below.  Read More »