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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon & Sam Claflin Lead Promising Cast For Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle'

16 May 2012 6:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Quentin Tarantino and Steve McQueen dared to tackle race and slavery with their latest projects, "Django Unchained" and "Twelve Years A Slave," and it looks like they've now paved the way for other filmmakers to follow suit. One such example is British helmer Amma Asante who's set to adapt the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle -- a half-black illegitimate daughter of renowned Admiral Sir John Lindsay, eventually taken in and raised as an aristocratic lady in 18th Century England by Lindsay's uncle William Murray, the Earl of Mansfield.

Most impressive is the cast Asante has managed to put together, which sees Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Larry Crowne," J.J. Abrams' short-lived "Undercovers") in the title role with rising stars Sarah Gadon, Sam Claflin, Emily Watson and Matthew Goode all co-starring alongside veterans Tom Wilkinson and Miranda Richardson. Gadon and Claflin are notably taking prominent roles respectively playing Belle's cousin and love interest, »

- Simon Dang

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