Mary Queen of Scots — Official Trailer

source:   www.focusfeatures.com

added: Thu, Jul 12th '18

Saoirse Ronan goes from playing a "Lady Bird" to playing a lady royal, as she engages in a rivalry with a red-headed Margot Robbie in the first official trailer for the 16th-century-set royalty drama "Mary Queen of Scots."

Written for the screen by "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon, the upcoming film is based on historian John Guy's acclaimed biography "My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots."

Ronan portrays the magnetic Mary Stuart, who was crowned Queen of Scotland at 9 months of age, and became the Queen of France at the age of 16, and then was widowed at 18. The film picks up when Mary returns to her home country of Scotland, only to rule over a fractured, male-dominated region while stoking a tense rivalry with the most powerful and dangerous woman in England -- her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (played here by Robbie).

British theatre director Josie Rourke, who has been serving as the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London since 2012, is making her feature directorial debut with "Mary Queen of Scots," which co-stars Jack Lowden, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce.

The film, which will likely be touted as an awards contender, is currently slated for a December 7th theatrical release.

synopsis:
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 1. 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 court imperil both thrones -- and change the course of history.

 

directed by   Josie Rourke

starring   Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Ian Hart, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Adrian Derrick-Palmer, Brendan Coyle

release date   December 7, 2018

 
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