‘The Exception’ Trailer: Lily James & Jai Courtney are Suspicious in Love in WWII Drama

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A24 has unveiled the first trailer for The Exception, an upcoming WWII drama starring Lily James, Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney.

Based on the 2003 novel The Kaiser’s Last Kiss by Alan Judd, The Exception tells the story of a German soldier (Courtney) who falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) whilst on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer).

This marks the feature debut for stage director David Leveaux. Television writer Simon Burke (Fortitude) is also making his big-screen debut.

The Exception, also starring Eddie Marsan, Janet McTeer and Ben Daniels, is scheduled to hit US cinemas on June 2. The film premiered exclusively and is now available via DirecTV Cinema.

Synopsis for The Exception:

A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish.

When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.

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