Fox Searchlight’s new period drama, Belle, tells a tale of a beauty amongst beasts. Inspired by a true story, Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral and struggles to find her social standing based on her skin color, despite being raised in an aristocratic household. But even blurred lines can’t stop her from falling in love with a young vicar’s son, who is set on putting an end to slavery in England.
“She really goes from a girl to a woman who takes control of her destiny,” Mbatha-Raw says of her character. “Belle was really a pioneer for her time and to do justice to her, her story needed to be known.”
In this exclusive clip above, Dido tries to expose Lord Ashfield’s (Tom Felton) true colors to her cousin (Sarah Gadon), who has a difficult time accepting them. The Amma Asante-directed film hits theaters in NY and LA May 2.