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VICTORIA AND ABDUL: Judi Dench Set To Play Queen Victoria

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Judi Dench to reprise the role of Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul. The Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love and Skyfall actress will once again portray the British monarch in the upcoming Stephen Frears film.

Penning the movie’s script is Lee Hall, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on 2000’s Billy Elliot. Hall is adapting the film from Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant:

The film tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor 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.

Judi Dench will be playing Queen Victoria for a second time in Victoria and Abdul, having been Oscar-nominated for her previous portrayal in Mrs. Brown. She won her Academy Award for portraying Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love; and later received Best Actress Oscar nominations for her performances in Frears’ Philomena, also a Best Picture Oscar nominee, and Mrs. Henderson Presents.

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