helena bonham carter joins the kings speech

The King’s Speech is turning out to be a film of epic proportions in terms of its cast. The movie already had Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush taking on the lead roles, and now according to Variety, a slew of new actors have joined in on the fun. We’re talking Academy award nominees, winners, and a few stage and screen legends.

According to the trade, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have all joined the cast of Tom Hooper‘s film, The King’s Speech.

This period drama follows the young King George VI — the father of the current Queen Elizabeth II — as he reluctantly assumes the throne after his brother, Edward, abdicates. Considered unfit to rule and cursed with a nervous stammer, the unprepared monarch turns to an unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue. The two men form an unlikely friendship as King George finds his voice and leads the country into war against the Nazis.

Colin Firth will play the king in question and Rush will play his therapist. Hooper will direct from a script written by David Seidler. The film recently began shooting in England and upon completion will be distributed by the Weinstein Company in North America.

This movie has prestige written all over it, and hopefully it has a kick ass screenplay to match its gifted cast. One can only hope that this would be the film that places Oscar gold in Firth’s hands. He’s a great actor, so why is it taking so long for him to get his proper recognition?

What do you think of the latest casting for The King’s Speech?