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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: New Upcoming Period Drama Starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

Exciting news for fans of Colin Firth in period dramas! StudioCanal recently released the new trailer for his upcoming movie, The Mercy, a 1960’s period biopic about the tragic story of Donald Crowhurst. And it looks fabulous.


It’s hard to go wrong with the talented director, James Marsh, as well as the fabulous cast including Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Andrew Buchan, Genevieve Gaunt, and Jonathan Bailey. So, what is the film about? Let’s take a look at the synopsis.

The Mercy Official Synopsis

Following his Academy Award® nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weisz) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.


The Mercy stars Colin Firth. Photo: StudioCanal/BBC Films

Beyond the obvious fantastic cast, The Mercy also looks to bring great storytelling to the forefront. From the trailer alone, the script looks promising, the production design fabulous, and the true story compelling. Personally, I can’t wait to see it in theaters as soon as it premieres.

As of now, The Mercy is scheduled for a February release in the U.K. Other dates are TBA.

For more official news on The Mercy, make sure to follow StudioCanal and BBC Films over on Twitter! And make sure to follow us here at The Silver Petticoat Review for more news, reviews, and other articles on period dramas.

What do you think of The Mercy trailer? Do you plan to go see it in theaters? Excited about a new period drama starring Colin Firth? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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By on November 27th, 2017

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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