Elusive, unpredictable and drawn to risky ventures, Bill Murray has evolved from a goofy comedian to a truly intriguing and rightly acclaimed actor. Still, we were admittedly surprised when word hit last year that Murray would be portraying President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Roger Michell's historical dramedy Hyde Park on Hudson. Still, we had faith that Murray would bring warmth and humor to the role; and from the looks of the recently released promotional photos he certainly looks the part.
Now at long last we get to see Murray in action, as MSN UK has unveiled Hyde Park on Hudson's first trailer:
Hyde Park on Hudson takes place in June 1939, when President Roosevelt (Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Murray's Rushmore co-star Olivia Williams) invited Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and King George VI (Samuel West)--whose rise to the throne was documented in the Oscar-winning The King's Speech--to visit his country home. Amid the culture clash of these proper Brits and the casual Americans, discussions brewed of a potential alliance against Germany, and Roosevelt's blossoming romance with Margaret Suckley (Laura Linney), who was not only his mistress but also his distant cousin, blossomed.
With so much stuffed into the narrative, it's little wonder this trailer is so scattershot. We start off with Suckley—nicknamed Daisy—then jaunt through some awkward social interactions, some dismayed looks, a quick mention of a possible impending war, and then back to Murray for a jaunty button. But really, look at this cast and tell me that you care about anything else?
Even in this brief introduction Murray is endearing as FDR, and Williams is wonderfully up front as Eleanor. Linney is sure to lend another lauded performance here, but I'm particularly keen to see English actress Colman get a shot to impress Hollywood as she's been steadily building an impressive career balancing comedy antics—like the uncanny sitcom Peep Show--with more dramatic executions, like her devastating turn as an abused wife in Paddy Considine's gutting Tyrannosaur. Perhaps now that the producers have lain out the complicated setup to this feature, the next trailer will offer more Murray and less explanation.
Hyde Park on Hudson will open in the U.S. on December 7th, 2012. To read more about the film, head over to our Blend Film Database.