One of the centrepieces at this year's BFI London Film Festival will be a new film featuring King George VI, the monarch portrayed in the hit film The King's Speech.
Hyde Park on Hudson (of which scenes were filmed at Elstree Studios) dramatises the first trip the King took to the US to meet President Roosevelt in New York in 1939. It follows in the wake of the 2010 drama, starring Colin Firth, which won four Oscars.
During his trip, George VI hopes to enlist the president's support for the allies in the Second World War. Roosevelt is played by Bill Murray, who has recently performed in a string of successful comedies, including Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom.
The film, which was co-produced by Film Four, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last weekend. So far reaction has been positive, with Murray tipped for an Oscar. Hollywood Reporter said the film was 'decorously staged and tidily written' and applauded its British director: "Under Roger Michell's astute and fluid directorial hand, the film has an oddly but appealingly off-centre quality."
Variety said: "Murray makes an inspired, though far from obvious, choice to play FDR".
Samuel West stars as the King with the speech impediment, while Olivia Colman plays the role of Queen Elizabeth. The action takes place weeks after the finish of The King's Speech, which portrayed how George VI struggled with his stammer and was eventually helped to speak publicly by an Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
Hyde Park on Hudson will be presented by the Mayor of London at the Centrepiece Gala at the film festival on October 16.