Stars Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon walked the red carpet Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Promise,” directed by Terry George. (The film also stars Oscar Isaac who was off shooting the new “Star Wars.”)
Celebrities who came out to show their support for “The Promise” included Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone and Cher. (The sisters are of Armenian descent thanks to their late father, Robert Kardashian.)
Also from “The Promise,” actors Angela Sarafyan, James Cromwell, producer Eric Esrailian, and musician Chris Cornell.
“The Promise” is set in 1914 in the midst of the Ottoman Empire, with the Great War looming.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub of Constantinople as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey. Until now Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.
Christian Bale plays photo-journalist Chris Myers who falls for Armenian artist Ana (Charlotte le Bon) who he meets in Paris and follows to Constantinople. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that turns into a romantic rivalry between the two men.
But fast moving events take center stage. The Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns against the Armenians. Chris finds himself covering the horrors of what becomes the Armenia genocide of 1.5 people by the Turks while Michael and Ana try to save family and friends in a desperate struggle to survive.