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Fox Searchlight To Release Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ On Feb. 10, 2017

Fox Searchlight To Release Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ On Feb. 10, 2017Posted by Wilson Morales

December 19, 2016


Fox Searchlight has announced that it has pushed up the release date to director Amma Asante’s racial drama A United Kingdom, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in a love story based on the true tale of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams.

Fox Searchlight will NOW release the film in US theaters on February 10, 2017. The film had its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and then opened the 60th BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 5.

Written by Guy Hibbert, Oyelowo will play Seretse, heir to the African throne of Botswana, who created a sensation in 1948 by engaging in a whirlwind romance in London with Williams, a white English office worker he married in 1949.


The interracial union was opposed by both their families, as well as the British government, the Tribal elders of Botswana and the apartheid government of South Africa. The couple would not be denied, overcoming huge obstacles to be together. His uncle attempted to depose him, and he ended up being banned from his home country South Africa in 1951 due to its illegal stance on interracial marriage. Their son, Ian Khama, is currently the freely elected president of Botswana.

Asante directed 2014’s period drama Belle that starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The film was produced by Richard McCallum, Oyelowo, Brunson Green, Peter Heslop, Justin Moore-Lewy and Charlie Mason. The film was financed and produced by Pathé, BBC Films, the BFI and Ingenious Media.

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