First look: Victoria and Abdul

Dame Judi Dench is back as Queen Victoria in the first trailer for her new film, Victoria and Abdul.

The film is based on the real-life friendship that developed between the Queen and Abdul Karim, a handsome young Indian who had worked as a ledger clerk at a jail in Agra, in the shadow of the Taj Mahal.

Abdul was sent to London to help present a ceremonial coin during Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. She liked him, and soon he was preparing curry for her, and instructing her in Urdu and Indian affairs, adopting the role of ‘munshi’ (teacher).

The film reunites Dame Judi with her Philomena director Stephen Frears.

Here’s a first look at both the film’s trailer and poster.

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