The first trailer for Hyde Park On Hudson has now gone live on MSN, with Bill Murray stealing the show as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“We could have sold tickets to this dinner and made ourselves a pile of money.” No that’s not Dave ‘we’re all in it together’ Cameron regretting the end of the fundraising gravy train, it’s FDR’s take on a dinner hosting the British royal family.
The culture clash comedy – serving hotdogs as a main course to British royalty! – seems to have the necessary ingredients to be the kind of gentle comedy that wins awards and does much better than expected at the box office.
Here’s the official marketing blurb:
“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 neighbour 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.”