The Favourite Trailer Teases Yorgos Lanthimos’ Latest Film

I Cannot Wait for This Wild and Funny 18th-Century Period Drama Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone

With Lanthimos and this cast at the helm - which also includes Joe Alwyn and Mark Gatiss - consider this high at the top of my most anticipated. Are you going to check it out?

At least that's the stage the man behind The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer sets in the first footage from his upcoming period dramedy The Favourite, the first teaser trailer for which dropped Monday morning in anticipation of a potential awards bid later this year.

The Lobster is a divisive film - as weird, demanding, and awkward as it is amusing, briliiantly-acted, and incredibly insightful.

So what is The Favourite about? According to Fox Searchlight Pictures, the film 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.

"Early 18th century. England is at war with the French". Not exactly the ideal time for levity, but this being a film from the Greek Weird Wave auteur behind Dogtooth and The Lobster, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving.

The Favourite follows a frail Anne and her close friend Lady Sarah, who governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health. We're inclined to tentatively agree.

"The Favourite" hits Irish cinemas on 1st January, 2019.

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