The film is about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) who spent more than a decade under house arrest. David Thewlis portrays Suu Kyi's husband, Dr. Michael Aris. Rebecca Frayn began working on the project after she and her husband, producer Andy Harries, visited Burma in the early 1990s.Harries' production company Left Bank Pictures began development of the script in 2008 under the working title Freedom from Fear. Harries wanted Michelle Yeoh as the lead and had the script sent to her.
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|Michelle Yeoh||Aung San Suu Kyi|
|David Thewlis||Michael Aris|
|Jonathan Raggett||Kim Aris|
|Jonathan Woodhouse||Alexander Aris|
|Benedict Wong||Karma Phuntsho|
|Susan Wooldridge||Lucinda Philips|
|Flint Bangkok||Nyo Ohn Myint|
|Guy Barwell||Military Policeman|
|Sahajak Boonthanakit||Leo Nichols|
|Antony Hickling||BBC journalist (voice)|
|Didier Hoarau||Line Producer|
|Jane Robertson||Line Producer|