Trailer for The Lady Starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis
10.04.11 by Ryan
For their latest movie, action star Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies) and action director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional) are getting serious. Based on the true story of Burmese political leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady follows the inspiring life of a woman who spent the better part of two decades under house arrest for her non-violent campaign for democracy.
A teaser trailer for the movie was released in August to help promote of the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last month, but Yahoo! has released the theatrical trailer for the movie, which shows more of Suu Kyi's struggle, as well as that of her British husband and advocate, Michael Aris (played by David Thewlis), who was only able to see his wife five times during her arrest before his untimely death in 1999.
During a TIFF panel for The Lady last month, Yeoh described the movie as more than "a role of a lifetime."
I knew that this was not just the role of a lifetime, but an incredible story that really needed to be told. The story was just so moving, because we know more about the political side and the problems they had, but we don't know about this incredible love story, this soulmate that she had who did everything possible to ensure her safety.
Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest in 2010, just days before a "democratic" election — one that barred Suu Kyi from being a candidate — took place. The new civilian government doesn't seem much different. When Yeoh attempted to visit the country in June, she was immediately deported, having been placed on a "blacklist", usually reserved for critics of the government, though that was not the reason given for Yeoh's inclusion in the list.
Written by Rebecca Frayn, The Lady is still without a U.S. release date, but is projected to be released by the end of the year.