David Oyelowo set to star in Belle-Director-Amma Asante’s next movie, “A United Kingdom”
The past few years have seen some excellent performances and work from British actors, directors and writers. In 2013 Black British director Amma Asante directed the stunning costume feature, Belle. Last year, Rosamund Pike gave a riveting performance in Gone Girl and Black British actor David Oyelowo completely disappeared when he played Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Now, according to a news exclusive from The Hollywood News, all three talented British creatives are uniting for A United Kingdom.
Described as a racial drama (whatever that is) A United Kingdom recounts the true story of Seretse Khama, a prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), who created outrage in the 1940s when he married Ruth Williams, a ambulance driver from London, and white. Because inter-racial marriage was illegal, the couple were exiled from Bechuanaland and Khama forced to leave his royal seat.
A United Kingdom is written by Guy Hibbert, who wrote the David Oyelowo starring feature, Complicit. Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama alongside Pike, with whom he worked in Jack Reacher, who stars as Ruth Williams Khama.
A United Kingdom will be Asante’s third feature, having proven herself to audiences and critics alike with her second feature, Belle. A United Kingdom has not yet begun filming but keep an eye on the blog for updates.
Via The Hollywood News
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