"Bedroom Secrets of Queen Vic"
By Baz Bamigboye
Emily Blunt is looking for the woman in Queen Victoria. "She and Prince Albert had nine children, so there was obviously a lot of passion there," Emily told me in Los Angeles. The actress was about to head off for Albuquerque to play a punk pot-head in a comedy called Sunshine Cleaning opposite Amy Adams and Oscar-winner Alan Arkin.
Emily, who shot to stardom in Summer Of Love and The Devil Wears Prada, will portray the young Victoria in a movie that begins filming in London late this summer with director Jean-Marc Vallée. Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes has penned a screenplay and the movie has royal backing (sort of) from Sarah Ferguson, who sent the idea to Graham King, the producer of Oscar best picture The Departed. Martin Scorsese, another Academy Award winner, will keep a watchful eye over the project so it doesn't descend into a pretty "mantelpiece" historical saga.
"People always see Victoria as the mourning queen, but she wasn't always like that," Emily told me. "In the years she was married to Albert, she loved him to bits and we want to show what made them so good together."
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For previous posts on this topic, see February 11: New Film on Queen Victoria's Early Life in the Works, February 16: Update #1: "The Young Victoria" Film, and February 23: Update #2: "The Young Victoria" Film