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First Trailer & Poster For Lavish Slave Drama ‘Belle’ Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

16 October 2013 4:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With the likes of Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave reminding us of America’s shameful history of slavery (albeit in very different ways), we’ve another effort on the way with Belle. Rising British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw leads in title role centred on the illegitimate, bi-racial daughter born of Royal Navy admiral Sir John Lindsay and his black mistress slave. The film explores how she fits into her Aristocratic ancestry, while being looked as an embarrassing shame.

In late eighteenth century England, Dido Elizabeth Belle is born to a white British admiral and a black Caribbean slave. The admiral’s well-bred family is appalled, but when he returns to sea, custom dictates that they raise his child as an aristocrat. Britain’s imposing Lord Mansfield (Wilkinson) is both Dido’s uncle and the family patriarch, and instructs this bi-racial woman (Mbatha-Raw) to respect both »

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