Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo coming this fall in A United Kingdom


A United Kingdom starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike will open the 60th BFI London Film Festival this fall. The film is based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams about the true story of the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) who married a white British office worker in 1947. The trail blazing couple faced intense opposition from their governments as well as their families.


Oyelowo will play the King—Seretse Khama—with Pike as Ruth Williams, the London office worker. The film is being directed by Britain's Amma Asante, the female film director of Belle. 


There's no trailer yet, but believe me, I'll be posting as soon as. If the chemistry is right, this should be very exciting, as fraught with drama as the situation is. I've seen Oyelowo in a few things now, The Butler, Selma, chief among them, but I also caught up with his work on MI-5, the British television series in which his character Danny is hopelessly in love with another of the operatives. Having seen him as that kind of character, a man in love, using his deep brown moody eyes for all their worth, I'm looking forward to seeing him with Pike, and praying for chemistry.

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