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Monday, May 5, 2014

Amma Asante's Period Drama "Belle" [VIDEO]

Currently in theaters is the romantic period drama, ‘Belle,’ directed by Amma Asante and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton, James Norton, Matthew Goode, and Emily Watson reports, Blackfilm.com. The film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Wilkinson) and his wife (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.  For Mbatha-Raw, the role represents a big change in her career. Having done theater opposite Jude Law in ‘Hamlet,’ playing Boris Kodjoe‘s wife in NBC’s short-lived J. J. Abrams TV series ‘Undercovers,’ and playing social worker Clea Hopkins in Season 1 of the Fox drama ‘Touch,’ ‘Belle’ represents her first lead role in a studio film and her first high-profile since she had a supporting role opposite Tom Hanks in ‘Larry Crowne.’

Sidebar: I want to see this!

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