We won’t be seeing it until December 7th, and it’s unlikely to be the kind of film that will ultimately bombard you with ads, so the trailer release for Hyde Park on Hudson better hope it stirs something deep if it’s going to be remembered. It looks a bit odd frankly, even among films with Presidents and Queens, but it stars many of my favorites, and I can imagine that director Roger Michell can make something interesting out of it.
It’s just my kind of wild actually, and I’m looking forward to it. This may not seem like your cup of tea, but give the trailer a look, and let me know what you think.
In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Academy Award nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support.
But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin’s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy – and through her, for us all – a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Samuel West, Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Wilson, Eleanor Bron, and Olivia Williams
Directed by: Roger Michell (“Notting Hill”)
Written by: Richard Nelson