This time around, Rickman headed to Toronto to bow the period romantic drama, in which he also stars alongside Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Lionsgate will be releasing the film on our shores mid-spring. And in anticipation of its arrival, the studio has launched a new trailer to whet our appetites, teasing some of the dynamics between the three stars.
Madame Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) is an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still‐to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts). However, as she works on her creation, she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Le Nôtre and forced to negotiate the perilous rivalries and intricate etiquette of the court of King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman). But Sabine is made of strong stuff; her honesty and compassion help her to overcome both the challenges of her newfound popularity, and an unspeakable tragedy from her past, to win the favour of the Sun King and the heart of Le Nôtre.
Winslet, Schoenaerts, and Rickman are joined by a great cast, starring alongside Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, and Jennifer Ehle.
Rickman directs from a script he co-wrote with debut writers Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock, with Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener), Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland), and Bertrand Faivre (Le Week-End) producing.
Focus Features acquired the US rights soon after TIFF, setting a March 2015 release date. At the time, the film was to be released just before Valentine’s here in the UK on February 6th. It was later pushed back to its current April slot, and presumably wanting the film to open in the UK first, Focus is yet to announce a new US release date.
A Little Chaos will be released in the UK on April 17th. With a bit of luck, it will be heading across the Atlantic later in the spring or early summer.