'Elizabeth' unspools at Universal CityWalk

At Monday’s preem of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” director Shekhar Kapur said the main themes of the pic and its 1998 predecessor “Elizabeth” form that most sought after of showbiz career arcs.

“The first film was about her fight for power and survival,” Kapur said. “This is about becoming divine.”

After the preem at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk, Working Title co-topper Tim Bevan said the almost decade-long pause before the sequel works because of the aud’s relationship with Cate Blanchett.

“They feel comfortable seeing her in that particular role,” he said, “because that’s how they met her.”

And the film is relevant whether it’s a sequel or not, said U production prexy Donna Langley, since “it’s about religious fervor; a woman’s role in the workplace; and the rise and fall of empires.”

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