Watch first trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite

Watch the trailer for The Favourite, the latest from the director of The Lobster and The Killing of the Sacred Deer, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz

Video by Jamie Dunn | 09 Jul 2018

One of the most original voices in modern cinema is back. The trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’ new feature The Favourite, a period romp featuring an unhinged British queen, has been revealed today and looks as strange and as beautiful a film as we’ve come to expect from this Greek director.

Olivia Colman, who’s soon to play Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown, stars as 18th-century monarch Queen Anne, the last of the Stuarts; the teaser trailer suggests she was a bit of a nightmare. Colman was terrific as a fastidious hotel manager in Lanthimos’ 2015 comedy The Lobster, and she’s joined here by that film’s co-star Rachel Weisz. Rounding out the trio of fantastic female leads is Emma Stone, who plays Queen Anne’s new servant girl Abigail. Elsewhere in this impressive cast, you’ll find the likes of Nicholas Hoult and Mark Gatiss.

The UK release date is reportedly 1 January 2019, so expect The Favourite to make its bow at the Autumn film festivals – Venice, Toronto, Telluride. Take a look at the first trailer in the player above or on YouTube.