To me, Helen Mirren was not just THE QUEEN on screen. This fascinating veteran actress is regal off screen as well.
The independent movie is called SHADOWBOXER. Helen Mirren plays Rose, a hired assassin.
Helen Mirren did this film before she made THE QUEEN, the movie that got her the Best Actress of 2006 Academy Award. Dame Helen is brilliant in SHADOWBOXER. And she was not first choice for the role.
Lee Daniels offered the part to singer/actress Diana Ross -- but she turned it down.