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Written by Guy Hibbert and adapted from Susan Williams’ book Colour Bar, Amma Asante’s historical drama tells the story of Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), a member of the royal family in Bechuanaland, a former English colony in Africa that would become Botswana. He shocked the world when he married white British bank clerk Ruth Williams (Pike) in 1948, when interracial marriage was illegal.
“Father will hate him on sight — he’s cleverer than him, and he’s black,” Pike is told by her sister in the new trailer, which also shows how the two first met in a jazz club. The naysaying continues: “Who do you think will accept you, as if it were your right to be our queen?” says one African resident, as another echoes, “We need him more than you — let him go.”
Yet Oyelowo asserts at the end of the preview, “I am ready to serve you because I love my people. I love this land, but I love my wife.”
A United Kingdom hits theaters Feb. 17.
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