We’ve gotten to know the early days version of Queen Victoria in productions like 2009’s The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt, and the current series, Victoria, with Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman in the title role. Armed with our intimate knowledge of the youthful monarch, we were even inspired to dream up a fantasy list of TV shows we’d like to watch with the Queen.
But, Queen Victoria reigned for more than six decades, so where’s the rest of her story? Enter: Dame Judi Dench. In the newly released trailer for her new film Victoria and Abdul, we meet an 81-year-old Queen, by which point she’s been “in office” — her words, not ours — for 62 years. Based on Shrabani Basu‘s biography by the same name, the story then backtracks to the period around the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. A young man named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), travels from his native India to England to wait on the Queen at Windsor Castle and help with the celebration of her 50 years on the throne.
He’s advised, “Whatever you do, you must not look at Her Majesty.” And, what does he do? You can watch in the newly released trailer:
According to the film’s description, “The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.”
This isn’t Dench’s first time portraying Queen Victoria. She took on the role in 1997, starring in Mrs. Brown. The film revolves around the Queen, while in mourning over the loss of her husband, Prince Albert. She found comfort, and ultimately herself, with the aid of a royal servant, Mr. Brown.
Victoria and Abdul will hit U.S. theaters on September 22, 2017 and on September 15 in the U.K.
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