Blanchett returns as Virgin Queen

  • 11 September 2007

Cate Blanchett has reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth 1, almost 10 years after the actress earned an Oscar nomination for ‘Elizabeth’.

The 1998 version saw Blanchett lose out to Gwyneth Paltrow for ‘Shakespeare in Love’, but her new project ‘Elizabeth: the Golden Age’ is tipped to feature heavily on the awards radar.

The film from the producers of the Bridget Jones films, Working Title, was screened for the first time at the Toronto Film Festival. Receiving rave reviews from critics, it is thought to be the second in a three-part historical romance about the Queen.

Directed by Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, the film features Geoffrey Rush as spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham.

The Queen is told of an assassination plot against her, which she it told may involve her own cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, played by Samantha Morton.

Rush commented: “I don’t know how historically accurate that is, but it certainly provided a dramatic catalyst.”

Kapur added that is was not confirmed if Blanchett would return to the role for the third installment.

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