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First Teaser Lands For Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Favourite’

by Paul Heath

From Yorgos Lanthimos comes the debut trailer for his upcoming feature The Favourite. Following huge success in the last few years with the likes of The Lobster and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, which wowed audiences on last year’s festival circuit, comes this interesting-looking period piece with the likes of Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and more amongst the cast.

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time-consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Fox Searchlight distribute the film, which will arrive in UK Cinemas on January 1, 2019.

Here’s the first trailer.

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