Geoffrey Rush and Clive Owen will star opposite Cate Blanchett in Working Title and Universal Pictures' The Golden Age, a sequel to 1998's Elizabeth. Variety says the film will be directed by Shekhar Kapur, who helmed the first movie.
Blanchett will reprise her Oscar-nominated role as Queen Elizabeth I. The first movie focused on the transformation of the young woman into a steely monarch in the 16th century. Rush will return as Sir Francis Walsingham, who in the first film was the architect of the queen's ruthless campaign to solidify her power and stabilize rule in England.
The follow-up will focus on the relationship between Elizabeth I and Walter Raleigh, to be played by Owen.
Of course, this differs from other sequels in that there is a wide historical record from which to draw material. Still, it'll be nice to see Cate kicking ass and taking names as Elizabeth again.