‘The White Crow’ trailer: Ralph Fiennes stars in 1960s ballet drama – watch!

The first trailer has been released for a new movie about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Harry Potter actor Ralph Fiennes has directed The White Crow, and also stars as Nureyev’s mentor, Pushkin.

Born on a Trans-Siberian train in 1938, Nureyev was known as ‘Lord of the Dance’ and is regarded by many as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation.

Focusing on the legendary dancer’s defection from the Soviet Union in 1961 and the KGB’s attempts to stop him, The White Crow has been adapted from Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by screenwriter David Hare (The Reader, The Hours).

Watch the trailer:

The movie’s official synopsis reads: “Rudolf Nureyev, a remarkable young dancer of 22, is a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company, travelling to Paris in 1961 for his first trip outside the Soviet Union.

“But KGB officers watch his every move, becoming increasingly suspicious of his behaviour and his friendship with the young Parisienne Clara Saint.

“When they finally confront Nureyev with a shocking demand, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision, one that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger.”

The White Crow will be released in UK cinemas on 22nd March.