Beautiful actress Tamannaah has bagged the lead role in the highly anticipated Telugu version of QUEEN which is produced by Manu Kumaran under the banner of Mediente Films.
National award winning director G. Neelakanta Reddy will be directing the Telugu remake and the film will go on floors on the 25th of next month. The entire film will be shot in an international locale and will release mid of next year.
Interestingly Tamannaah was initially approached to play the lead protagonist in both the Tamil and Telugu versions of the critically acclaimed Bollywood film QUEEN that starred Kangana Ranaut but signed only the Telugu version citing creative preferences.
Upon probing further, a source close to the production house states, “Tamannaah was initially approached for both the versions and wasn’t comfortable contributing to two films simultaneously since it involved two different languages and two different directors, hence she opted for the Telugu version. Moreover the Tamil version makers were in discussion with her for over 4 months when they decided to launch the film but there were no concrete decisions taken and hence she gave the first preference to the Telugu version.”
When we contacted Tamannaah to confirm the news she said, “QUEEN is an interesting film and I have always been motivated by roles that help alleviate women empowerment in some form. I am very excited to be helming the Telugu version and can’t wait to start shooting next month. This is the first time I’m working with Neelakanta Reddy and I’m sure together we will create magic on the 70 mm screen.”
The South remakes of Vikas Bahl’s QUEEN will be made in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam apart from Telugu. Actress Parul Yadav will be featuring in the Kannada remake of QUEEN.
In the past Tamannaah has acted in the South remakes of Bollywood films like JAB WE MET, KICK and ROWDY RATHORE.