DreamWorks has released a trailer for its upcoming Helen Mirren film, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The film is written by Steven Knight, who gave us the 2007 gem Eastern Promises, as well as Tom Hardy’s latest, the critically-adored Locke. It’s based on a book by Richard C. Morais.
A middle-aged chef, Hassan Haji, recounts his lifeâ€™s journey, from his familyâ€™s modest restaurant in Mumbai to his elegant restaurant in Paris where he has conquered the insular world of French haute cuisine. A tragedy at home in Mumbai pushes Hassanâ€™s boisterous family into a picaresque journey across Europe, where they ultimately settle opposite a famous chef, Madam Mallory (Mirren), in the remote French village of LumiÃ¨re. After a series of hilarious cultural mishaps, the grand French chef discovers, much to her horror, that the young boy cooking in the cheap Indian restaurant across the way is a chef with natural talents far superior to her own. A culinary war ensues, full of plot twists, pitting Hassanâ€™s Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Madam Mallory, a battle royale that finally reveals to young Hassan his true destiny in life.
Here’s the trailer:
The Hundred-Foot Journey arrives in theaters on August 8.