Dame Judi — Victoria once more in “Victoria & Abdul”

Finding something appropriate for international acting treasure Judi Dench, all but retired, with failing eyesight, cannot be easy. It’s got to be a role with stature and gravitas, a role worthy of her.

No more “Best Exotic Marigold Hotels,” oh no.

She’s played Queen Elizabeth I in her dotage, but Queen Victoria is a better fit. A reprise of “Mrs. Brown?”

Why not? “Victoria & Abdul” is a “true” story about the Empress of India’s late-life friendship with a servant from India, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). It features Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Simon Callow as Puccini and Eddie Izzard as Bertie, Prince of Wales. Look for “Victoria & Abdul” in September, at the beginning of awards season.

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