Regal Miranda Richardson to join Emily Blunt in “Young Victoria”

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Not to have his Oscar thunder stolen by the monarchy again, Martin Scorsese is currently producing 19th-century biopic The Young Victoria, and Miranda Richardson has just signed on as Duchess of Kent to Emily Blunt‘s Victoria.

Richardson is a great reason to look forward to the film, which starts production this month. Another reason: Devil Wears Prada star Blunt — who actually resembles her filmic mother-to-be even without movie magic — is absolutely made to wear a crown.

The woman just emanates royalty, doesn’t she?

Blunt earned legions of lesbian fans playing rich girl Tamsin in My Summer of Love, but I’m an even bigger follower of Richardson, whom I’ve admired since The Crying Game (and whom I don’t blame for the strange, un-sisterly kiss she and Nicole Kidman shared as Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf in The Hours).

Richardson has never really “broken out,” in part because as she herself once said during an interview with The New York Times, she “would rather do many small roles on TV, stage or film than one blockbuster that made me rich but had no acting.” I for one am happy she decided that the blockbuster Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was worth doing, because she was brilliant as relentless reporter Rita Skeeter.

Since Young Victoria focuses (shockingly, given the title) on the youthful, romantic side of the Queen, let’s hope that the Duchess isn’t quite as nosy as Ms. Skeeter — that would make for some rather rough mother-daughter interactions. Let’s also hope that this movie is closer in merit to fellow monarchy tales Elizabeth and The Golden Age than it is to the poorly reviewed Gideon’s Daughter, in which Richardson and Blunt already appeared together.

Victoria also stars Rupert Friend and Jim Broadbent, and is co-produced by Graham King and Fergie herself (the Duchess, not the Pea). Although there have been plenty of other films about this particular Queen (notably the well-done Mrs. Brown, starring Dame Judi Dench as Victoria later in life), I’m still optimistic. Worst case scenario, we get to watch two gorgeous and commanding women on screen at once, and that’s nothing to complain about.

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