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Watch Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in the trailer for Stephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul

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The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour 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.

Written by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), based on Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu, the film is directed by Stephen Frears (“The Queen,” “Philomena,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents”).

The film also stars Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, and Fenella Woolgar.

Victoria and Abdul is due out in the UK on 15th September and then in the US on 22nd September 2017.

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