There's no trailer yet for the new film Belle, directed by Amma Asante, but these stills are gorgeous. The premise: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (whom you may remember from the short-lived TV Series Undercovers) plays mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. Cue the drama.

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[Shadow and Act, USA Today]

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More info from the article:

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The story takes place in the 1780s, and is based on a true story - specifically, the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It follows Belle, adopted into an aristocratic family, who faces class and color prejudices. As she blossoms into a young woman, she develops a relationship with a vicar's son who is an advocate for slave emancipation.

Her full name was Dido Elizabeth Belle, born 1761, died 1804; she was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay (a white British Naval officer) and an African slave woman known only as Belle."

I love me some period dramas, but sometimes you get tired of the same old tropes showing up. This looks interesting.