Rupert Everett’s directorial debut now has a trailer ahead of its release.
written and directed by, as well as starring, Rupert Everett, ‘The Happy Prince’ is a biopic of Oscar Wilde.
Taking on the title role, the film sees Everett embody the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe.
The film features a stellar supporting cast of British actors including Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man), Emily Watson (On Chesil Beach, Gosford Park), Colin Morgan (The Fall, Testament of Youth) and Edwin Thomas (Endeavour).
Having recently had its UK premiere as part of the BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, the trailer for ‘The Happy Prince’ has just been released online ahead of the film’s release on June 15th.
The full synopsis of the film is below:
“The film opens in Paris, where Wilde, by now in his forties, penniless and in poor health, is still reeling after being imprisoned in England for his love affair with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Morgan). Out of prison but a pariah, Wilde swings between grief and a determination to wrest whatever pleasure and beauty he can from the time he has left. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.
Everett’s Wilde is tortured but determined to remain true to himself. His thoughts are filled with love and betrayal and permeated with those closest to him: Bosie, his literary agent Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas), his great friend Reggie Turner (Firth) and his estranged wife Constance (Watson).
As the film travels through Wilde’s final act, and journeys from England to France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed.”