The film will follow Queen Victoria's rise to power when she ascended the throne at 18, the earlier years of her reign and her marriage to Prince Albert. Why only the beginning? Besides the fact that she ruled the United Kingdom for 63 years, King has said: "We all think we know Queen Victoria from the latter part of her life, but in fact she was an amazing, dynamic, romantic personality from a very early age that is largely unknown." Besides, who wants to whittle down that much drama into two hours? Not only that, but the film is coming from a royal family member - The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson -- who brought King the project.
Scorsese will be busy directing another period piece, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, so there's a different body to sit in the directorial chair -- Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee. His last film, C.R.A.Z.Y., won the prize for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. It's an interesting collection of talent, so I can only imagine the royal treatment that Victoria will receive.