The Weinstein Company has released the US theatrical trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) upcoming comedic drama Philomena. Based on a true story, the film centers on Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption. Steve Coogan plays former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who aided Lee in the search for her son. I caught the film at TIFF and it’s much less “gooey” than this trailer would suggest, but the trailer does do a nice job of showcasing Dench’s wonderful performance as the titular Philomena, even if it does verge on giving away too much of the story. Dench and Coogan make a truly great comedic duo, and the film is surprisingly thoughtful despite its Lifetime Movie-esque premise. Honestly, it’s one of the more pleasantly surprising films I’ve seen this year and will like put Dench in the Best Actress race. Read my full review here.
Hit the jump to watch the theatrical trailer. The film also stars Michelle Fairley, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, and Charles Edwards. Philomena opens in the US in limited release on Christmas Day and expands nationwide on January 10th.