Starring Saoirse Ronan as 16th-century Scottish queen Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as her relative and neighboring monarch, Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, the “Mary Queen of Scots” trailer depicts two countries’ leaders struggling for supremacy and survival.
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star as queens and cousins engaged in a struggle for control of England, Scotland, and Ireland in the 1500s.
With established theater director Josie Rourke making her feature film debut through the project, “Mary Queen of Scots” is based on a historical biography, John Guy’s award-winning “My Heart is My Own,” and adapted for the screen by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon who, like Rourke, has a background in theater.
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan made her breakthrough as a young co-star of 2007 war drama “Atonement” and over the next few years played a crucial role in beyond-the-grave story “The Lovely Bones” and led secret agent thriller “Hanna.”
More recently, she starred in 2016 transatlantic romance “Brooklyn” and 2018 coming of age drama “Lady Bird”; as with “Atonement,” both netted her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Actress at the Globes for her “Lady Bird” performance.
Margot Robbie became an international star following her appearance in 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and since then has been hailed as a standout in DC Comics antihero movie “Suicide Squad” and accrued Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Tonya Harding ice skating biopic “I, Tonya.”
Among others also named to the cast of “Mary, Queen of Scots” are Joe Alwyn (“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”), Martin Compston (TV show “Line of Duty”), Gemma Chan (2019’s “Captain Marvel”), Ismael Cruz Cordova (TV show “Ray Donovan”), Jack Lowden (“Dunkirk”), Guy Pearce (“Prometheus”), and David Tennant (TV’s “Doctor Who” and “Jessica Jones”).
“Mary Queen of Scots” is set for a December 2018 US debut, with an international rollout beginning in September and continuing into the new year.