Amma Asante’s film Belle garnered much critical acclaim following its release last year and her next project, involving Selma star David Oyelowo and Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike, seems to be on track to deliver similar results.
The trio have all been hailed for their respective talents and are now joining forces to tell the t true story of Seretse Khama in A United Kingdom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Khama was a member of the royal family in the country of Bechuanaland, which later became Botswana. He sparked international outrage when he married a white woman in 1948 when it was illegal to do so. Khama would later go on to serve as Botswana’s first president.
“Amma and Rosamund are two of the most exciting talents working in film today,” Oyelowo told THR. “I’ve worked with both of them before and so my excitement about them joining A United Kingdom stems from a knowledge of just how inspiring they are to work with and how much daring and beauty they will bring to this epic love story.”
Oyelowo still has a few projects to promote and complete before he begins work on A United Kingdom, however. He currently stars in HBO’s single-person drama Nightingale, debuting May 29. After that the actor will be finishing up Queen of Katwe, which he stars in opposite Lupita Nyong’o. Finally, he’ll film Three Seconds, a crimedrama opposite Luke Evans before moving on to A United Kingdom.