Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria in the upcoming picture Victoria and Abdul, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Frears (The Queen, Florence Foster Jenkins).
The film tells the true story of an unexpected friendship that blossomed between Queen Victoria and a young clerk (Ali Fazal) that traveled from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (the 50th anniversary of her accession). Despite inner circles attempting to bring their alliance down, their relationship leads to a newfound joy and humanity for the Queen.
There’s certainly a reputable team on this one. Apart from Dench and Frears, the film boasts a screenplay by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, War Horse), a score by 14-time Oscar nominated composer Thomas Newman (American Beauty, WALL·E), and cinematography by Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech, Room, The Danish Girl).
Victoria and Abdul, also starring Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams and Fenella Woolgar, will arrive in Australia on September 14 and opens in the US on September 22.
Synopsis for Victoria & Abdul:
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.