Helen Mirren and  Jim Broadbent make for an intriguing lead pair for the upcoming fact-based drama, The Duke.

Pathé has launched the trailer for The Duke, an upcoming drama about a 1960s cab driver who stole a priceless Goya painting from London’s national gallery, then made quite the ransom demand in order to offer its safe return. Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent star in the film, with Fionn Whitehead also set to appear.

Based on a true story, Broadbent will play 60 year old Kempton Bunton, the thief in question, who in true Robin Hood fashion stole the Goya painting (a portrait of the Duke of Wellington) before demanding that the government invest more money in care for the elderly to secure the portrait’s return.

The film, which is directed by Roger Michell, was shot in 2019 and originally intended to release last year. For obvious reasons, that didn’t happen, and its release in the UK is currently set for September 3rd of this year. In the meantime, you can catch your first glimpse below. We’re certainly keeping an eye on this one…

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