WATCH: First Trailer for ‘Victoria and Abdul’ Starring Judi Dench

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Focus Features released the first trailer for “Victoria and Abdul” earlier this week.

The film stars Academy Award winner Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim.

The official synopsis is:

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 won an Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth in 1998’s Best Picture “Shakespeare in Love.” She has been nominated seven times, most recently for “Philomena” in 2014. Her first Oscar nomination was in 1997 for playing Queen Victoria in the film “Mrs. Brown.”

Ali Fazal is a popular Indian actor, although American audiences might recognize him for his role in “Furious 7.”

“Victoria and Abdul” reunites Judi Dench with Academy Award nominated director Stephen Frears. The two previously worked together on the films “Mrs. Henderson Presents” and “Philomena.” Frears has directed a number of acclaimed and nominated films including “Dangerous Liaisons” and “The Queen.”

Focus Features is releasing several projects this year that are garnering attention. Some of those projects include “The Beguiled,” from 2017 Cannes Best Director Sofia Coppola. They are also distributing “Atomic Blonde,” “Darkest Hour,” and “Phantom Thread.”

“Victoria and Abdul” is scheduled for release on September 22.

Watch the trailer here:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T504u17Ao9A]

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  • Ben Rendall Morris

    That looked a lot better than I expected
    !