When abdication threatened the throne and the world went to war,
a reluctant prince would become king.
Some men are born great,
others have greatness thrust upon them.
Through a set of unexpected techniques (including diaphragmatic breathing), and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie (Colin Firth) was able to find his voice and boldly lead his country into war.
“The film is based on the true story of the Queen of England’s father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. The King’s Speech stars Academy Award nominee Colin Firth as King George VI, who unexpectedly becomes King when his brother Edward abdicates the throne. Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush stars as Logue, the man who helps the King find a voice with which to lead the nation into war.”
Directed by Tom Hooper, the King’s Speech movie is starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, and Michael Gambon. The film will open in theaters on November 24, 2010.
Actor Colin Firth and Director Tom Hooper introduce us to the King’s Speech, an upcoming movie that chronicles King George VI’s effort to overcome his nervous stammer with the assistance of speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush):
“The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI (Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (aka ‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter 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 (including diaphragmatic breathing), and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.”
– Colin Firth as King George VI
– Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue
– Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, George’s Queen consort
– Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue, Lionel’s wife
– Michael Gambon as King George V, George’s father
– Derek Jacobi as Cosmo Gordon Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury
– Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII, George’s brother, whose sudden abdication thrusts Bertie into the national spotlight
– Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1940-45, 1951-55
– Anthony Andrews as Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1935-37
Overcoming one’s stammer is no small feat, even for a king! The King’s Speech will be an interesting movie!
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon
Release Date: November 26, 2010