DEADLINE – Kaiser Wilhem, last emperor of the German Empire, ended his reign as one of the most hated men on earth. Held largely responsible for the disaster that was World War 1, he was as despised by his own subjects as he was by the world at large, and after Germany’s defeat was forced into exile in the Netherlands, where he spent the last 25 years of his life. He has largely been forgotten in popular culture however, thanks of course to the far worse monstrosities of the Nazi regime, but the upcoming TIFF drama The Exception aims to shine a light on the complicated and difficult man. Starring Christopher Plummer, the World War II-set film follows the complex political machinations within the former Kaiser’s Dutch household and his own contradictory tendencies, and in the exclusive clip above, we get a glimpse of that as he shows leniency towards the personal affairs of his household staff.
A humanistic portrayal of the man and his bundle of contradictions has a lot of promise – Wilhelm was a man even Hitler hated (which would normally be a recommendation to his character but, alas, he was sternly opposed to democracy, enjoyed Germany’s conquests in WWII despite his exile, and was kind of a bigot). We’ll have to wait a while to see it for ourselves, alas. The Exception has its world premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival.
Directed by David Levaux from a script by Simon Burke, the film stars Christopher Plummer as Wilhelm, along with Janet McTeer, Jai Courtney and Lily James.
‘The Exception’ (previously known as The Kaiser’s Last Kiss) will have its world premiere in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off on September 8 and ends on September 18.
Holland 1940. The Nazis are rampaging through Europe. The British have retreated from Dunkirk. The last German Kaiser, now an old man, has been living in exile in a big old house in the Dutch countryside for 25 years, chopping logs and reading PG Wodehouse. Into this world comes a young German officer, sent to stop the old man from defecting to England. Add a beautiful and mysterious Dutch maid and a British spy and the stage is set for a gripping spy thriller and love story.
MADE IN HOLLYWOOD sits down with Lily James and Bella Heathcote to discuss their latest film, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
Lily and Douglas Booth were guest on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, talking Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Stills from their appearance have now been added to the gallery, be sure to check!
Public Appearances > 2016 > Visits ‘Lorraine’
Also, below, you can watch their interview. Enjoy!
Added in the gallery, HQ stills from Lily’s appearances on Good Morning America! – she was there always on January 27, promoting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Be sure to check them!
Public Appearances > 2016 > Visits “Good Morning America”
Lily visited IMDb Asks back on Wednesday (January 27), while promoting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Several photos of her on the set of the live interview with Jerry O’Connell have now been added to the gallery, enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2016 > Visits ‘IMDB Asks’
Lily discussed her role in ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ at AOL Studios in New York back on Wednesday (January 27). Several photos from the appearance have now been added to the gallery, enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2016 > Visits ‘AOL Build’
While promoting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies yesterday (January 27), Lily took some beautiful portraits. Thanks to my friend Hayley, we’ve been able to add them in HQ in the gallery! Be sure to check them!! :)
Studio Photoshoots > Portraits & Press Conferences > 2016: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Portraits #1