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Jim Broadbent and Miranda Richardson have joined Emily Blunt in Graham King and Martin Scorsese’s drama “The Young Victoria.” Mark Strong also has joined the cast.
Jean-Marc Vallee will direct from a script by Julian Fellowes.
Broadbent will play King William and Richardson the Duchess of Kent in a story that chronicles Victoria’s rise to power in England, focusing on the early turbulent years of her reign and her romance and marriage to Prince Albert.
Blunt has been cast as the queen, with Rupert Friend as Prince Albert. Strong will play the devious Conroy. Production is slated to begin this month on location in the U.K.
“Victoria” is a GK Films production produced by King and Scorsese, with Tim Headington and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, also attached. Denis O’Sullivan will oversee the project for GK Films, which was launched this year by King, who is still a partner in Initial Entertainment Group.
Ferguson brought the project to GK.
Broadbent, who won an Oscar in 2002 for his performance in “Iris,” is filming the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise. He is repped by CAA.
Richardson, who was nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in “Tom & Viv” and “Damage,” next will be seen in the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy “Fred Claus” opposite Vince Vaughn. She is repped by Paradigm and ICM London and managed by Gene Parseghian.
Strong (“Sunshine”) next will be seen in Paramount Pictures’ “Stardust.” He is repped by ICM and Markham & Froggatt.
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