The Happy Prince — U.S. Trailer

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added: Thu, Jul 26th '18

59-year-old English actor Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding, Shakespeare in Love) directs his first ever feature film, in which he also stars as famed British poet/writer Oscar Wilde.

Featuring guest appearances by Oscar-winner Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson, "The Happy Prince" recounts a dark and tragic period in the poet's life -- his final years living in exile in France.

Once regarded as one of London's most famous playwrights and poets, Oscar Wilde was disgraced after being embroiled in a public scandal that exposed his homosexuality. After serving several years in prison for sodomy and indecency, Wilde was exiled to France where he spent the last remaining years of his life penniless and in poor health.

Written by Everett, "The Happy Prince" co-stars Colin Morgan (TV's The Fall) as Wilde's secret gay lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) as Wilde's estranged wife, Constance.

The film, which has already been released in the UK, will make its way to the States starting on October 5th in New York and Los Angeles. Watch the U.S. trailer, above.

synopsis:
In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshiped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintances, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories - his incomparable wit still sharp. THE HAPPY PRINCE is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love in the last days of the nineteenth century.

 

directed by   Rupert Everett

starring   Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Edwin Thomas, Anna Chancellor

release date   October 5, 2018 (U.S. release; NY/LA)

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