Teaser Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos' Wacky Comedy 'The Favourite'

The Favourite Trailer Teases Yorgos Lanthimos Latest Film

The film comes from director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose distinct strangeness, humor, and style we've seen in films The Lobster and The Killing of the Sacred Deer come through in the trailer. The cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jenny Rainsford, and James Smith.

Given Lanthimos' good standing with the Academy (he was previously nominated for writing the Lobster screenplay), The Favourite is expected to be one of Fox Searchlight's awards players in the months ahead - particularly for its costumes designed by three-time Oscar champion Sandy Powell and the performances of its Academy Award-winning leading ladies. Are you going to check it out?

So what is The Favourite about?

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The Favourite is a bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal. Boasting an assumedly astounding powdered wig budget, the film is top-lined by a killer trio of actresses: Olivia Colman plays Queen Anne during her 18th Century reign, while Emma Stone and Lanthimos-favorite Rachel Weisz portray a servant and an advisor, respectively, jockeying for the Queen's favor as England wages war with France.

With Anne more concerned about tending to her flocks of ducks rather than governing the country, Sarah the Duchess of Marlborough steps in to take over the political work. 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 is based on a screenplay written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and promises to "be a period film like no other", according to producers Ceci Dempsey and Ed Guiney.

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