‘Empire of Light’ trailer: Olivia Colman and Colin Firth in uplifting ’80s drama

A first teaser for Empire of Light has been unveiled.

The upcoming British movie is written and directed by Sam Mendes, the English filmmaker behind 1917, Skyfall, and Revolutionary Road.

Set in an English seaside town in the early 1980s, Empire of Light is described as “a powerful and poignant story about human connection and the magic of cinema.”

Not much else is known about the plot right now, but the footage in the trailer suggests this could be something really emotional and heart-warming.

Leading the cast are Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Colin Firth (Pride & Prejudice).

The pair previously worked together in recent period drama movie Mothering Sunday.

You can watch the trailer for that movie here:

Colman and Firth be joined in Empire of Light by Toby Jones (Detectorists), Crystal Clarke (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain), Tom Brooke (Sherlock), Tanya Moodie (A Discovery of Witches), Hannah Onslow (Ridley Road), and Micheal Ward (Small Axe).

Director and writer Sam Mendes previously commented: “This project is very close to my heart, and I couldn’t be more delighted that it has found its ideal home [at Searchlight Pictures].”

Watch the teaser trailer here:

Audiences will have their first chance to see Empire of Light at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival in October.

When’s the release date?

The movie then arrives in US theatres on Friday 9th December.

Its UK release follows on Friday 13th January 2023.

Olivia Colman also makes her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year, with a role in upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion.

You can watch the action-packed trailer for that here:

Colman is being replaced as the late Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown soon by Downton Abbey movie star Imelda Staunton.

The fifth season of Netflix’s hit drama is expected to debut later this year.

Crystal Clarke returns to our screens next spring as Georgiana Lambe in the third season of Sanditon.

The Crown is available on DVD on Amazon.