Watch: Beautiful New ‘Wuthering Heights’ Trailer Reveals More Than A Black Heathcliff
Well worth the wait, we finally get to see the trailer for Andrea Arnold‘s film adaptation of Emily Brontë‘s classic 1847 novel, Wuthering Heights.
Aside from rave reviews, the film’s been most talked about for its casting, which stars — for the first time — a Black Heathcliff, the book’s main character.
Andrea’s gorgeous visuals bring new life to the epic story of love and revenge that follows Heathcliff, “a homeless dark-skinned boy,” who is taken in by a Yorkshire farmer and falls passionately in love with his foster sister, Catherine.
“Exhilarating. Brilliant, visceral…a daring raid behind the lines of heritage English Lit.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Though one of the most highly acclaimed works of Victorian-era English literature, Wuthering Heights was initially met with critical reviews because of the depiction of mental and physical cruelty.
While the novel’s been adapted for film several times since 1939, most of us 20-somethings were forced to watch
sleep through the 1992 version at some point in high school, in which Ralph Fiennes starred. Can you sense my enthusiasm?
The 2011 remake, which won Best Cinematography at the Venice Film Festival, has since been released throughout Europe and Asia.
The film debuted in the U.S. at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will first release in New York City at Film Forum on October 5th, followed by a national roll-out.
Not only is Heathcliff finally being portrayed by fine Black actors (Solomon Glave and James Howson), but the visuals are absolutely breathtaking.
“We seem to recycle period dramas that focus on worlds where [Blacks] do not exist, unless it’s in a serving position,” says British actress Zawe Ashton. “And we all know that we’ve been here inventing and travelling, for a much longer period of time.”