Earlier this summer, we told you that Belle director Amma Asante’s Motswana-British interracial romantic film A United Kingdom had been selected to open the 60th British Independent Film Festival on Oct. 5.
A little reminiscent of Sidney Poitier’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in the Rick McCallum-produced film based on a true story that shines a light on Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana) (Oyelowo) and his controversial relationship with a British office worker, Ruth Williams (Pike). Despite discouragement from their families and the British and South African governments, they married in 1947.
Now, according to Shadow & Act, the trailer has dropped ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off on Sept. 8.
Could the drama put Oyelowo in contention for an Oscar next year? Gauging by the emotional trailer, at one point the Nigerian-British actor cries, and Hollywood’s fascination with interracial relationships (Nate Parker, OJ Simpson)—it’s possible.
A United Kingdom has been picked up by Pathé for distribution in France and the UK, but nothing yet for the USA, so the trailer will have to do in the meantime. Enjoy below.