Upon first viewing this trailer you might think it’s some sort of historical parody, however The Favourite is based on the actual life of Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.

The eccentric 18th century monarch is portrayed by Olivia Colman, as the tale unfolds of her ill health, the woman who helps her govern the country – Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) – and their gradual falling out and the rise in the Queen’s affections for her servant Abigail (Emma Stone).

Plus, duck racing!

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who gave us the wild ride that was The Lobster, Nicholas Hoult and Mark Gatiss also star.

The Favourite is due for release in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day (December 26).

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