First Look: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike Embrace in Drama 'A United Kingdom'

'A United Kingdom'

Pathe International is handling sales on the film and will introduce it to buyers in Berlin.

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike appear the perfectly happy couple in this first-look shot from A United Kingdom.

But the drama, a passion project for Oyelowo and directed by British director Amma Asante (Belle), will unveil the scandalous side to this real-life union.

The film — among the prestige titles making its market bow in Berlin next month, with Pathe International financing and selling — tells the "epic love story" of Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), a member of the royal family in Bechuanaland, a former English colony in Africa that would become Botswana, who shocked the world when he married white British bank clerk Ruth Williams (Pike) in 1948, at a time when interracial marriage was illegal.

Written by Guy Hibbert from Susan Williams' book Colour Bar, A United Kingdom is produced by Oyelowo, alongside Rick McCallum (who produced the Star Wars prequels), Pathe's Cameron McCracken, Brunson Green, Justin Moore-Lewy and Charlie Mason.

Pathe will distribute the film in the U.K. and France.