Lofty biopics about politically controversial figures in the 20th Century won’t be going out of fashion anytime soon. There are a handful of such titles due to hit theaters over the upcoming months, including Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady – and (possibly) Luc Besson’s similarly-titled, The Lady.
Today we have the first teaser trailer for Besson’s new film, which stars Michelle Yeoh as pro-democracy Burmese activist and politician, Aung San Suu Kyi.
The real Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy achieved a landslide victory in Burma’s 1990 general election; however, Miss Kyi was placed under house arrest just prior to the election, and was not released until November 13th, 2010. It’s because of this that Lady screenwriter Rebecca Frayn had to spend around three years tracking down and interviewing individuals close to Miss Kyi, in order to accurately retell her story on the big screen.
Besson’s film focuses in no small part on Miss Kyi’s relationship with her onetime spouse Michael Aris (played by Harry Potter‘s David Thewlis), as you’ll note from the official synopsis for The Lady:
This is the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which continues today. The film also is the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement.
Now check out the teaser trailer for The Lady (via Yahoo! Movies) below:
While Besson has spent the last several years directing a trilogy of animated Arthur and the Invisibles movies, he’s still best known for scripting memorable action flicks like the Transporter series and Taken – not to mention, directing gritty crime dramas/thrillers like La Femme Nikita and The Professional. He has directed a period drama about a famous female historical figure before (the not-so-well received The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc), but The Lady sounds much more promising, simply because it’s more the sort of semi-contemporary, character-driven piece that Besson tends to do better with.
There’s not enough footage in this Lady teaser to make any sort of preliminary critiques – other than it looks to feature some richly-colored imagery of the Burma landscape – but hopefully we will get to see another trailer soon, since this sounds like the sort of film that studios would consider to have awards potential.
The Lady does not yet have an official U.S. theatrical release date, but expect that to change in the near future.
Source: Yahoo! Movies