Until you see it, you don't know there's more to "The Queen" than, well, the Queen.
As it turns out, while Helen Mirren's stunning performance as Elizabeth II is at the heart of Stephen Frears' outstanding drama, there's also a memorable supporting performance by Michael Sheen as British Prime Minister Tony Blair that also promises to attract Oscar and Golden Globes consideration.
Opening today in Los Angeles via Miramax, "The Queen
" kicked off the New York Film Festival last Friday and began its New York run the following day. Produced by Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward, its original screenplay is by Peter Morgan. A Pathe Productions and Granada presentation in association with Pathe Renn Productions, Bim Distribuzione, France 3 Cinema and Canal+, the Granada Production was executive produced by Francois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken and Scott Rudin. Besides Mirren and Sheen, "The Queen" also stars James Cromwell as Prince Phillip, Sylvia Syms as the Queen Mother, Alex Jennings as Prince Charles, Helen McCrory as the Prime Minister's wife Cherie, Roger Allam as the Queen's deputy private secretary and Tim McMullan as the Prime Minister's press secretary.