When Belle was screened discreetly during the Toronto International Film Festival last month, it prompted speculation that the film may be a late entrant to the awards race. However, Belle will now be released in May 2014, although Fox Searchlight is reportedly using the release of prominent race-themed epic 12 Years A Slave to publicize the film.
Belle is set in the wigs and frocks era, where a Royal Navy Admiral's insistence on bringing up his illegitimate mixed-race child within the family causes social friction, despite his stirring claim that 'what is right shall never be impossible.' The trailer paints the movie as a deeply moving, beautifully produced experience. Take a look below.
Here's a couple of lush stills, along with the poster for Belle.
Belle looks set for very favorable reception, with 's turn in the titular role gaining plenty of admiration from critics. Belle is released May 2, 2014.