Blunt will be reign maker in 'Victoria'


Emily Blunt is donning the crown for "The Young Victoria," a period biopic of the Queen of England being produced by Initial Entertainment Group's Graham King and Martin Scorsese. Jean-Marc Vallee, who helmed the award-winning Canadian film "C.R.A.Z.Y.," is directing.

Blunt will play the lively and warmhearted Victoria, who became England's queen at age 18. The film will chronicle Victoria's rise to power, focusing on the early turbulent years of her reign and her legendary romance and marriage to Prince Albert. Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park") wrote the script.

King and Scorsese are producing with Tim Headington and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. It was Ferguson who introduced the project to King.

Denis O'Sullivan will oversee the project for Initial.

King's is next set to produce "Shantaram" with Johnny Depp's production company Infinitum Nihil and Plan B, and is developing "Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy," also with Infinitum Nihil. Initial recently acquired the film rights to "The Adventures of Hugo Cabret," with Scorsese attached to direct. All three are set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. King and Scorsese's most recent collaboration was the Oscar-winning thriller "The Departed."

British actress Blunt was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her breakthrough performance in "The Devil Wears Prada." She won a Globe for her work in the BBC TV movie "Gideon's Daughter." Her upcoming movies include "Charlie Wilson's War" with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, "The Jane Austen Book Club," with Maria Bello, and "Dan in Real Life," starring Steve Carell. Blunt is repped by CAA.