trailer break: ‘The Young Victoria’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Oooo, sexy: flirting over a chessboard. Looks like a pretty luscious love story. No wonder Victoria put the whole country into mourning for half a century when Albert died…

Interesting choice, Emily Blunt for the lead. She’s so funny and so spritely — that’s not exactly what springs to mind when you think of Queen Victoria. Then again, it’s mostly the older widowed queen that we think of…

The excellent cast beyond Blunt and Rupert Friend as Albert reads like a who’s who of both veteran and up-and-coming British actors: Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Julian Glover, Thomas Kretschmann (okay, he’s German)… Ooo, Morven Christie: I just saw her on stage in The Winter’s Tale. And look at this: Princess Beatrice, fifth in line to the British throne and daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, has a small part here.

Not that I’m a royal groupie or anything — I’m emphatically not — but I do loves me some good historical drama. If this ends up on Region 2 DVD before it even opens here in the U.S., I might have to spring for the DVD rather than waiting for it to get to these shores.

The Young Victoria is now playing in the U.K.; no U.S. release date has been announced.

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