new film, The Queen, will premiere on the opening night of
the 44th New York Film Festival. Richard Pena,
chairman of the festival's selection committee,
announced that the film, which stars Helen Mirren and
James Cromwell, would make its North American debut at
Written by Peter
Morgan, The Queen is a comedic look at the U.K.
royal family in the days following the the death of
Princess Diana. Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II, and
James Cromwell portrays Price Phillip. The film also
stars Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Sylvia Syms as
the Queen Mother.
The New York Film
Festival runs from September 29 to October 15. The
complete schedule of films for the festival will be released
in mid August.