Take a look at the first trailer Fox Searchlight has dropped for The Favourite, the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer).
Olivia Colman (The Night Manager) could have herself quite the role here, playing a frail, borderline mad Queen Anne in 18th century England. Rachel Weisz (reuniting with Lanthimos following The Lobster) plays Anne’s close friend, Lady Sarah, who’s basically running the country while the Queen deteriorates, and Emma Stone plays a charming new servant, Abigail, who’s eyeing a chance to get back to her aristocratic roots.
As far as first looks go, this is very promising indeed. Lanthimos has marked himself as a unique filmmaker, with a penchant for the edgy, bizarre and darkly humourous in peculiar narratives. A biographical period piece like this marks a change of pace, but that tonal mash-up of demented and dry humour is oh-so him, and he looks to have the perfect collaborator with cinematographer Robbie Ryan (Fish Tank, I, Daniel Blake). This is the second film Lanthimos has directed that he hasn’t co-written; the original screenplay comes from Deborah Davis and Aussie scribe Tony McNamara (Offspring, Love My Way).
This director. This cast. We can’t wait to see what’s in store here.
The Favourite, also starring Nicholas Hoult , Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss, will be hitting US cinemas on November 23 and arrives in Australia on December 26.
Official synopsis for The Favourite:
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.