Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie Reign in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Trailer

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2018

In acclaimed theater director Josie Rourke's directorial debut, Ronan plays the real-life queen of Scotland, while fellow Oscar nominee from past year, Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), takes on the role of Mary's cousin and nemesis Queen Elizabeth I. Two Queens enter, only one leaves! Ronan plays the titular Scottish queen on a mission to overthrow the presiding English monarchy, while Robbie portrays Elizabeth I, fighting to maintain her spot on the English throne. Mary was crowned Queen of France at age 16, but after the death of her husband, she decides to return to her native Scotland to claim the throne.

Casting is key in a story like this, and both Ronan and Robbie look absolutely ideal in their roles as two resolute and warring queens.

Adapted from John Guy's historical biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, the project also marks the feature directorial debut for experienced theater helmer Josie Rourke. Even though the subject matter may make Mary Queen of Scots sound like the story of two women against each other, Rourke insists it's actually about two women against the world.

Rourke's take on the material looks both lavish and gritty, with all the production trappings of a major period piece, and some vanity-free performances - particularly from Robbie, whose unravelling Elizabeth becomes increasingly desperate to keep her throne.

The cast also includes Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, Line of Duty), Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel), Ismael Cordova (The Catch), Ian Hart (The Terror), Adrian Lester (Riviera), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey, Me Before You).

Yes, queens. Focus Features released the trailer Wednesday for "Mary Queen of Scots", starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

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