Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as the woman who helped bring slavery in England to an end in the upcoming drama Belle. After acquiring the project back in July, Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for director Amma Asante's drama, based on the true story of the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, Sarah Gadon and Miranda Richardson co-star in this upcoming drama, arriving in theaters May 2, 2014.
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.