'Victoria' lands at Apparition

Drama starring Emily Blunt to be released Nov. 13

NEW YORK -- New distribution shingle Apparition has picked up "The Young Victoria," Jean-Marc Vallee's story of the 19th century British monarch.

The movie, which stars Emily Blunt in the title role and co-stars Rupert Friend as her husband, Prince Albert, centers on the early years of the queen's reign, a dramatic period in which she survived several assassination attempts and dealt with crises at home and abroad.

Vallee's movie, however, centers on the romance between Victoria and Prince Albert as well as the personal tribulations she faced. "The film is first and foremost a love story more than a political film or a historical piece," Vallee said. "At the same time, it's also a coming-of-age story about a young queen who is 18, a woman who is the new boss of England and is trying to do that well."

Apparition, the shingle of Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad, will release the film Nov. 13. The company has an overall deal for ancillary rights with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, which will handle ancillary for this pic as part of that pact.

"Gosford Park" scribe Julian Fellowes penned the screenplay for "Victoria." Vallee is a well-regarded French-Canadian director who previously helmed the family drama "C.R.A.Z.Y."

Graham King's GK Films produced the indie, which will close the Toronto International Film Festival next month. King, Martin Scorsese, Tim Headington and Sarah Ferguson are all producers on the pic.

The buy marks the second 19th-century drama for the nascent Apparition, which previously acquired rights to the Jane Campion-helmed literary romance "Bright Star."