Weisz On Tone Of Lanthimos’ “The Favorite”

Having previously worked with her on “The Lobster,” filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has re-teamed with Rachel Weisz for his next feature “The Favorite” which has already wrapped filming.

Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman star in what’s dubbed a bawdy tale of envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England.

Colman plays the Queen whose clandestine love affair with her confidante Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Weisz) is turned upside down by the arrival of the Duchess’s younger cousin Abigail (Stone). The balance of power shifts between the women as they jockey for influence with the Queen and the court.

Speaking with Indiewire about the film, Weisz says despite the seemingly serious subject matter, tonally this is more of a comedy:

“This young girl comes to court, called Abigail Marsham, who really existed. She manages to become the queen’s favorite and also lover. And there’s an intense rivalry between my character and her, a little bit like ‘All About Eve’ in that way. My character is usurped by a younger suitor, for the role of the favorite.

I would say it’s a comedy. I think he would say it’s a comedy. It’s funny. It’s different in that it’s not an imagined world, almost all of it really happened. There are some things that are dreamt up, but it’s English history, so it’s not just a Yorgosian dystopia or fairy tale.”

Lanthimos’ “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer” premiered last month at Cannes ahead of a November 3rd release. “The Favorite” isn’t expected to debut until next year.