British acting legend DAME Helen Mirren will play Queen Elizabeth II in a new movie about the aftermath of the death of DIANA, Princess Of Wales.

High Fidelity movie maker Stephen Frears will direct the film $9 million (GBP5 million) and Michael Sheen will play Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Frears says of Mirren's casting, "She will be great."

Producer CHRISTINE LANGAN says, "No-one will be cast as Diana," Adding that the film will focus on how Diana's death in 1997 affected "The Queen, Britain and the people".

She continues, "It looks at a moment in British history that was phenomenal. It is a snapshot of the country. It joins the dots of what went on that week."

30/08/2004 02:40