‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Trailer: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Fight for the Throne

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Take a look at the first trailer to arrive for Mary Queen of Scots, the upcoming period biopic starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I respectively.

The film is based on the true story of how Mary returned from France, where she was Queen and left widowed at age 18, with a plan to reclaim her rightful throne. She finds both Scotland and England are ruled by Elizabeth I, and the two find themselves on a path of collision.

This could be the type of film that cleans up on the awards circuit, with two strong leads putting in what look like great turns, a fascinating true story, and a plethora of themes to explore. It looks great.

British theatre director Josie Rourke makes her feature film directorial debut here, working from an adapted screenplay by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. Based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy.

Mary Queen of Scots, also starring Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce, will be hitting US cinemas on December 7 and arrives in Australia on January 17.

Official synopsis for Mary Queen of Scots:

“Mary, Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

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