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
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
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.