Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her latest period of house arrest just a few weeks ago. And there's a timely movie about her life ahead. The film, titled The Lady, is directed by Luc Besson. Actress Michelle Yeoh got the lead role as the Burmese opposition leader, and David Thewlis will play as Aung San Suu Kyi's husband, a university academic. The film should be released sometime in 2011.
Here below a first look at Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi:
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"The film will chart her remarkable journey from housewife bringing up her children in Oxford to taking on the power of Burma's generals by becoming opposition leader.
It will be set between 1988 – when Aung San Suu Kyi left Oxford to visit her sick mother and ended up staying – and 1999, the year Aris died after being diagnosed with cancer. Aris had been forbidden from entering Burma, a decision that left Aung San Suu Kyi with the almost impossible decision of whether to stay or go."
Aung San Suu Kyi is a great figure, I understand why there's so much international support for her. But I totally disapprove the embargo against Myanmar that followed Aung San Suu Kyi's arrest: it didn't spur democracy in the country, and its only effect has been to increase the people's plight...
Anyway, I'm impatient to watch the movie The Lady: with Luc Besson at its helm and Michelle Yeoh in the lead role, this film can't fail.