With films like Dogtooth, The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has forged a uniquely bleak brand of dark comedy that makes you bark with laughter and gasp with existential dread. With scripts that are darkly challenging and uniquely twisted it’s little wonder he’s attracted such internationally renowned talent as Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. Now the two latter of these acclaimed actors are reteaming with Lanthimos for his latest, The Favorite. And Academy-Award winner Emma Stone will be along for a wild ride through 18th-century English royal insanity.
Behold our first look at The Favorite:
It’s beautiful. It’s biting. It’s strange. But what does it all mean? Here’s the plot synopsis courtesy of FOX Searchlight:
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
Huh. Sure. Why not. You had us at “Lanthimos.”
The Favorite will come to theaters November 23rd.