The trailer was released yesterday (September 4) for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, a British romcom with a twist starring Jamie Bell and Annette Bening.
It’s a rom com because it tells the love story between Liverpudlian Peter Turner, played by the all-grown-up star of Billy Elliot, and Gloria Grahame, played by the four-time Oscar nominee.
And the twist? Well, it’s a real-life tale. Gloria was a leading lady from the Golden Age of Hollywood, not to mention a legendary femme fatale, who met and fell in love with the much younger actor Peter during a stint on the London stage in 1978.
The film is based on Peter’s 1986 memoir of the same name, in which he details the love affair and the illness that eventually led to Gloria’s death. It’s just had its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and is gaining rave reviews, with more than one suggesting Annette’s performance will score her a fifth Oscar nomination.
Watch the trailer to see what they mean:
The all-star supporting cast includes acting royalty Vanessa Redgrave, This is England‘s Stephen Graham and Doctor Who‘s Frances Barber, and even reunites Jamie with his Billy Elliot co-star Julie Walters.
We’ve got our eye on this one. It opens in the U.K. on November 17, so will probably hit theaters in the U.S. later in the year, slap bang in the middle of awards season.
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