Judi Dench and Ali Fazal are forming a surprising bond in the newly released first official US poster and trailer for their upcoming biopic, ‘Victoria and Abdul.’ The poster and trailer have been unveiled by Focus Features, which will initially distribute the historical drama in select cities on September 22. The film will then expand to more theaters on September 29.
‘Victoria and Abdul’ reunites Dench with her ‘Philomena‘ director, Stephen Frears. Their latest movie was written by ‘Billy Elliot’ scribe, Lee Hall, who based the script on the 2011 book, ‘Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant’ by Shrabani Basu. In addition to Dench and Fazal, the biographical drama also stars Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams and Fenella Woolgar.
Focus Features has released the following synopsis for ‘Victoria and Abdul’:
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Fazal), 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.