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'The Lady' Trailer: Michelle Yeoh Stars in Luc Besson's Political Drama (Video)

The movie is based on the real story of a Burmese politician held under house arrest.

Michelle Yeoh
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Michelle Yeoh

Director Luc Besson returns to the big screen with The Lady, about the life of Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent about 15 years under house arrest.

Malalysian actress Michelle Yeoh plays the title character, with David Thewlis portraying her husband, Dr. Michael Aris. During production on the drama, Suu Kyi's house arrest had been lifted and in an interview with Time, Yeoh recalled her visit with the woman she plays in her upcoming film. "It was like visiting a family friend," Yeoh said at the time. "She held my hand. I was mesmerized."

Earlier this year, Yeoh was deported from Myanmar because she was on a blacklist.

The trailer is brief, but in a way, powerful. If one had no prior knowledge of Suu Kyi's story, then the 50-second teaser may not be enough to inform the story that inspired the film.

Besson's other film Colombiana, which he wrote and produced, is out in theaters Friday.

Watch the trailer below: