Rosamund Pike impressed audiences and critics as the titular Gone Girl, earning herself an Oscar nomination in the process. She’s heading back to the big screen with A United Kingdom, and a new trailer has arrived to prove that the course of true love never did run smooth, especially with the added layers of race and politics.
Pike stars as Ruth Williams, a white woman living in London in the 1940s who meets and falls in love with Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo). Their relationship blossoms, despite the harsh reception and words from their friends and family, but what it becomes dangerously complicated with Seretse’s secret: he’s a king from Botswana. Their subsequent marriage and move to South Africa prompts a harsh response from Seretse’s people and the British government.
Watch the trailer below.
A United Kingdom is directed by Amma Assante (Belle) based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky) and the real-life characters behind this story. The film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where our own Adam Chitwood caught it. He referred to the work as one of those “nice” films, like The Theory of Everything and Philomena, but wrote it isn’t particularly “brilliant” in tackling these issues. Still, if you need something uplifting to watch, the trailer might do the trick. There’s lots of tears and an “against all odds” mentality that’ll surely gain appeal.
Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, and Oyelowo’s real-life wife, Jessica Oyelowo, also feature in the film. A United Kingdom will hit select theaters on February 17th.
Here’s the official synopsis:
A UNITED KINGDOM is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940’s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history.