MoviesDavid Oyelowo's Oscar-Season Offering A United Kingdom Now Has a Trailer
He stars opposite Rosamund Pike in the true story of an interracial marriage in 1948.
Remember that dark, sad time a few years ago when David Oyelowo, who'd studied to play Martin Luther King Jr. for almost ten years, turned in a heart-stopping performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma only to be denied an Oscar nomination? Yeah, we haven't forgotten either. It feels like he's now overdue for some awards recognition—which is why the newly released trailer for A United Kingdom is such a welcome sign.
The movie, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, is a period drama based on the true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, who outraged the world by getting married in 1948 when interracial marriage was illegal. Things are further complicated because Khama is a member of the royal family in Bechuanaland, a former English colony in Africa. Both England and Bechuanaland were upset by the union, and England exiles Khama due to international pressures. The movie appears to be equal parts romance and political drama, plus the thing just looks beautiful (Oyelowo and Pike in starring roles certainly helps with that). The movie's been described as a passion project for Oyelowo, who's also producing.
It's an early call, of course, but… it sure would be nice to see Oyelowo don another spectacular red carpet look at the Oscars this winter.