Gugu Mbatha-Raw breaks barriers in ‘Belle’ Trailer

The first trailer for black director Amma Asante‘s critically acclaimed period drama, Belle, was released online today and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece.

Based on a true story, the film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Elizabeth Belle, the bi-racial child of a white British admiral and a black Caribbean slave. When the admiral returns to sea, his family reluctantly raises the child as an aristocrat.

The official film synopsis reads:

“The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son.”

The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton, James Norton, Matthew Goode, and Emily Watson.

Belle is scheduled to be released in US theaters on May 2, 2014.

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