The King's Speech (2010)

"The King's Speech tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George 'Bertie' VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war."

Directed by Emmy Award winner Tom Hooper
(John Adams, Elizabeth I)


Winner of People's Choice Award at TIFF!


CAST:
Colin Firth (King George VI)
Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth, wife of George VI)
Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue)
Jennifer Ehle (Myrtle Logue, wife of Lionel)
Michael Gambon (King George V)
Guy Pearce (David/Edward VIII)
Derek Jacobi (Archbishop of Canterbury)
Timothy Spall (Winston Churchill)

Release dates:
Nov. 26, 2010 in U.S. (nationwide Jan. 21, 2011)
Dec. 10, 2010 in Canada

Jan. 7, 2011 in U.K.


LINKS:
> VIEW TRAILERS
> CAST PHOTOS

> video: Colin Firth's stately role
> video: Colin Firth's acceptance speech at Telluride
> Video: interview with Geoffrey Rush (tiff 2010)
> Video: interviews with Colin Firth (tiff 2010)

> Video: Colin Firth interview with Katie Couric
> Video: London Press Conference (7 parts)
> Video: Tom Hooper and Colin Firth on Charlie Rose
> video: Geoffrey Rush - career award at SBIFF
> video: Cast award at SAG Awards
>Fan video: If It Be Your Will
> Listen to actual speech by King George VI
> Music SOUNDTRACK by Alexandre Desplat
> BOOK by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
>Interview with director Tom Hooper
> IMDb
> Daily Mail article
> Film wraps up, update with photo
> Photos from set
> PIC GALLERY
> MY REVIEW
> Review in The Hollywood Reporter
> Review in Variety
> Oh, Geoffrey, you're such a rush!
>USA Today: Colin Firth speaks words of love
>King's Speech to be made into Broadway play?
> read more about real-life Bertie and Elizabeth
> movie posters
> Film synopsis


Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth together again although married to other people...

Filming locations: It began filming November 2009 taking in UK locations such as Lancaster House, the Bradford Bulls Stadium, Ely Cathedral, Harley Street and Battersea Power Station.

Here are my original photos of cast, see also new CAST PHOTOS

King George VI / Colin Firth


Geoffrey Rush and Jennifer Ehle
(Lionel & Myrtle Logue)


Queen Elizabeth (Bowes-Lyon) / Helena Bonham Carter
(When I first heard that Helena was playing Elizabeth, I assumed it was QE II
but it did make more sense for her to play wife of George / Firth)

King Edward VIII / Guy Pearce
(Will we see Wallis Simpson?)

King George V / Michael Gambon
(Gambon played Edward VII in The Lost Prince)


Archbishop of Canterbury / Derek Jacobi


Winston Churchill / Timothy Spall


Stanley Baldwin / Anthony Andrews

Youtube video of King George's coronation in 1937

14 comments:

  1. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Ehle and Michael Gambon, too good to be true. They worth the movie. ^_^ I used to love Helena Bonham Carter work, but her acting in the last movies I saw was really dreadful...

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  2. So many great actors! I look forward to watching the movie.

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  3. I had no idea this movie was in the works - thank you SO much for the heads up! I can't wait!

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  4. I'm impressed with the actors that have signed on! I'm curious as to what the final film will look like. And as much as I love Colin Firth, I'm having a hard time imagining him as King George and seeing 'Darcy' take on a the role of someone so recent in history.

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  5. Wow, this is a truly great cast - I can't wait. I think it will be interesting to see Firth doing something so different.

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  6. It is quite the cast isn't it? Firth and Rush alone have my attention!!

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  7. I don't know if this role will really be so different for Colin Firth. If I remember right, he played a character with a speech impediment in like the late 80s acting alongside Kenneth Branagh (I think it was based on the book A Month in the Country) and did a fantastic job. I've never seen him in a king's role, but as far as the stuttering goes, he's already pretty much mastered that....although they say that King George VI speech impediment was exceptionally bad so it may be different to some extent.
    In any case, yay, we get to see Colin Firth on the big screen again.

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  8. Looking forward to this film a tribute to a man who was put into a position he didn't want who overcame great odds to become a successful monarch. This is the reason that QEII is the person that she is!

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  9. Besides film festivals, do you know if "The King's Speech" will be playing in the USA? Or perhaps PBS? I really would love to see this! Thanks!!

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  10. Anon, the release dates are listed above! It will be in theatres

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  11. This movie is a great depiction of those who stutter and shows the struggle we endure daily. With this film added to the efforts the Stuttering Foundation of America puts out to educate parents, teachers, employers, and others those who stutter may have life a little easier.

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  12. Bonnie, that's one thing that I love about great films is their ability to inspire us and hopefully in this case to be more compassionate and understanding.

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  13. Oh god, Colin, jennifer ehle & geoffrey are my favorite actors & actresses. then add helena wth a cute caharacter(colin & her has a romantic chemistry . Now I really really love this movie.

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  14. Interesting post. I thought this was a great movie and wrote a post about the set locations which you can see here http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.com/2011/02/kings-speech-set-locations.html.

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