The Favourite is a biographical historical film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, from an original screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The story focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favorites during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. It stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn and Mark Gatiss.
The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 23, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
In September 2015, it was announced Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Kate Winslet had been cast in the film, with Yorgos Lanthimos directing from a screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, while Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, and Andrew Lowe would serve as producers under their Scarlet Films and Element Pictures banners, respectively. In October 2015, Rachel Weisz joined the cast of the film, replacing Winslet. In February 2017, Nicholas Hoult joined the cast of the film. In March 2017, Joe Alwyn joined the cast of the film.