Lee Hall (War Horse) has written the script, which follows Abdul Karim, a clerk who makes the trip to India to be a part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 1887 and finds himself forming a bond with Her Majesty. As the Queen struggles with the requirements of her rule, she finds a new lease of life through this friendship.
Working Title are aboard for this one, which Hall developed with Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason), Cross Street Films and BBC Films, and Frears should have the cameras rolling this year for a 2017 release. Can Dench win more awards as Queen Victoria? Only time will tell.
Dench, meanwhile, will next be seen in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, which is out here on 30 September.