Hyde Park on Hudson captures a very specific, interesting moment in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s reign. Set in June 1939, FDR (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West, Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park, in upstate New York.
It’s the first visit of reigning English monarch to America, and comes at a time when Britain faces imminent war with Germany, with the Royals desperately looking to FDR for support. The film, directed by Roger Michell, follows FDR as he deals with international affairs and the complexities of his home life as his mother, wife, and mistresses conspire to make the visit unforgettable. The film is told through the eyes of Daisy (Laura Linney), FDR’s distant cousin, neighbor, and lover.
Hyde Park on Hudson is set to hit theaters on December 7.