Looks good, this: here’s the first trailer for already-acclaimed The Duke, starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.

Forgive us, but we missed this one when it landed last week. We’re playing catch up now, though. The Duke is a film that’s long been finished and already built up a real head of acclaim.

It stars Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, with Roger Michell directing. Richard Bean and Clive Coleman have penned the screenplay, and the 1961-set movie is heading to UK cinemas in September.

Here’s the trailer, and you’ll find the synopsis underneath…

And finally, that synopsis…

THE DUKE is the true story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly – he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage – how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

More as we hear it…

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