The theatrical trailer for Luc Besson’s biopic The Lady has been released. The film tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband’s quest for democracy in Burma. Michelle Yeoh plays Suu Kyi, while David Thewlis plays her husband. The drama marks a change of pace for Besson, who’s generally known for more action-oriented fare like The Fifth Element. The trailer doesn’t look too bad, with Yeoh giving a pretty strong performance. Following our previous report that the film is being positioned for awards season, this trailer plays very much like a “For Your Consideration” reel. Hit the jump to see the trailer for yourself. The Lady will open wide sometime next year.
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Here’s the synopsis for The Lady:
The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. It’s a story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine.