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Check Out the Emotional Trailer for Amma Asante’s Motswana-British Interracial Romantic Drama ‘A United Kingdom’

The first trailer for the film, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, is here.

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.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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