First Trailer for “The Favourite” Is Here, and It’s Royally Mad

Olivia Colman at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party. Photo by Mark Thomas/REX/Shutterstock (9705470bs)

Looking for a movie that offers tons of royal intrigue, a star-studded cast, and a wacky sense of humor? Yorgos Lanthimos’s got you covered! The trailer for his upcoming period drama The Favourite just dropped and it looks dashing with a hint of madness.

This dark comedy about the absurdity of court life takes place in early 18th century England. Olivia Colman gives a performance of a lifetime as frail Queen Anne. Her most trusted advisor Lady Sara (Rachel Weisz) is the one who has to take care of things as the monarch sinks further and further into madness. Everything changes when new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) comes to court. The two ladies quickly become rivals and end up competing for the Queen’s affection.

The Favourite is a reunion of sorts since both Colman and Weisz previously starred in The Lobster, directed by Lanthimos. He received one Academy Award nomination for this project, and his upcoming period drama could easily replicate this success.

The movie will premiere on November 23rd, in the peak of awards season, so it seems like another Oscar darling. Even if Lanthimos’s take on monarchy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s clear we can expect three powerhouse performances. Will Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone add another Oscar to their awards shelf? Let’s wait and see!