An pounds 18m film charting the early life of Elizabeth I will start filming in Britain in August, it was announced today.
The film, Elizabeth I, will be made by Working Title Films, the same company that made Four Weddings and a Funeral and the Oscar-winning Fargo. It will be released in autumn 1998 with a major international actress in the central role.
No decision has yet been made on who will play the virgin queen, but Britain's Kate Winslet (pictured) is a possible contender. Filming will take place at locations throughout Britain, including Hampton Court, the Tower of London and possibly Hever Castle in Kent.
Tim Bevan, co-chairman of Working Title Films will produce the film, which will be directed by Shekhar Kapur, who also directed The Bandit Queen.