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First Look At Gugu Mbatha-Raw As 1st Black Woman To Win Miss World In Dramedy ‘Misbehaviour’

The film stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, & Lesley Manville,

Deadline has posted the first pic of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Miss Grenada (Jennifer Hosten), who became the first black woman to be crowned Miss World in Left Bank Pictures and Pathe’s forthcoming comedy drama film Misbehaviour.

Production has now wrapped in the UK. Cast comprises Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan, Suki Waterhouse, Clara Rosager, Loreece Harrison, Emma Corin, Lily Newmark, Emma D’Arcy, Ruby Bentall and Alexa Davies.

Misbehaviour will be based on the real-life story of the 1970 Miss World competition, which was then the most-watched TV show on the planet with more than 100 million viewers. The contest was held in London with legendary stand-up comedian/actor Bob Hope hosting the show. The 1970 Miss World became one of the most memorable and controversial events in pageant history when a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

One of the show’s issue was the sudden protest of the Women’s Liberation Movement, who claimed that beauty pageants demeaned women. The movement gained attention when they caused disruption during the live broadcast, but another controversy erupted when the results were announced, revealing that Miss Grenada won the most coveted title of that night, beating everyone’s favorite contestant, Miss Sweden. Miss Grenada (Jennifer Hosten) became the first black woman to be crowned Miss World.

BAFTA winning director Philippa Lowthorpe is set to helm Misbehaviour with Rebecca Frayn to adapt the screenplay. Left Bank Pictures’ Suzanne Mackie and Sarah-Jane Wheale will serve as producers. Andy Harries and Left Banks’ Frayn along with Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars of Pathe are the film’s executive producers. Pathe will handle distribution of the film in the U.K., France and Switzerland as well as Misbehaviour‘s international sales.

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