Hey folks! Check out this dark, hilarious trailer for THE FAVOURITE!
THE FAVOURITE is full of the actresses I most love in film and television: Olivia Colman ("Broadchurch"), Rachel Weisz (MY COUSIN RACHEL), and Emma Stone (BATTLE OF THE SEXES). It comes from first-time feature writer Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (creator of "Doctor, Doctor" in Australia), and is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER).
And it's deceptive in a kind of wonderful way. From the trailer, I was convinced this was Weisz's movie, and we were largely following Lady Sarah around... but it's actually Stone's, playing the much-abused royal attendant.
From the YouTube blurb:
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.
THE FAVOURITE opens November 23rd.
-- Precious Roy