LONDON – BAFTA Award Winner Amma Asante and her team has released the first production still from her sophomore movie effort, the period drama Belle.
The movie, written by Asante, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the title role alongside an ensemble cast which reads like a who's who of British actors.
The movie boasts turns from Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, James Norton and Emily Watson.
Produced by Damian Jones, whose previous credits include the Academy Award-winning The Iron Lady, Belle marks the second film as writer/director following the award-winning A Way of Life in 2004.
The project is billed as a tale of passion and romance and tells the tale of a mixed–race girl raised as an aristocratic lady in 18th century England.
It shot on the Isle Of Man, London, Oxford, as well as Pinewood Studios and is due to wrap Nov. 9.
Bankside Films is handling exclusive worldwide sales, with the Isle Of Man's CinemaNX on board to distribute in the U.K.