Margot Robbie will be playing Queen Elizabeth in a drama from Focus Features and Working Title.
Robbie has entered negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots, which will star Saoirse Ronan in the titular role. Variety broke the news, reporting that although the picture hasn’t officially received the green light as yet, things are looking pretty good for a production start later on this year.
Based on the book The True Life of Mary Stuart, written by John Guy, the film will tell the true story of Mary Stuart’s attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to be held in custody for eighteen and a half years and eventually beheaded.
British theatre director Josie Rourke, whose stage credits include acclaimed adaptations of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Choderlos de Laclos’ Dangerous Liasons, will be making her feature directorial debut.
The screenplay will come from Beau Willimon, perhaps best known for creating the Netflix series House of Cards. Willimon earned himself an Oscar nomination for co-writing the George Clooney-directed political thriller The Ides of March.
Robbie has a number of projects on the horizon. The Aussie actress will star as disgraced competitive ice skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, plays the wife of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne in Goodbye Christopher Robin, has a role in the thriller Terminal, and will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.’ Gotham City Sirens.