‘The Favourite’ Trailer Promises More Weirdness From Yorgos Lanthimos | Film Trailer
Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for the new film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer), titled The Favourite. The film stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne during her 18th Century reign with Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone playing a servant and an advisor, respectively, jockeying to be the Queen’s favourite as England wages war with France.
The trailer above certainly displays the kind of directorial touches and general absurdness that has come to define Lanthimos’ work. It looks like it will balance the eerie and the strange pretty evenly, so fans of the rest of the director’s oeuvre will likely be on board with this latest entry as well.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
“Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail 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 film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn and Mark Gatiss, while the script has been penned by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The Favourite will hit cinemas Friday, November 23.