Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Trailer: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Revisit The Legend

Charles Bowen | 12 July, 2018, 23:36

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.

The rulers of England and Scotland come together, but their camaraderie quickly turns to tension, and eventually, to war. The film follows their tumultuous relationship while exploring the life of Queen Mary Stuart.

Who will prevail, and at what cost? Spoiler alert: read a history book.

Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie.

The Mary Queen of Scots script comes courtesy of Beau Willimon, who knows a thing or two about political intrigue and backstabbing, having created the Netflix series House of Cards.

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"They were both, in their own ways, making huge sacrifices to try to operate in this male-dominated world". She was Queen of France at 16 and then widowed at 18, deciding to return home to Scotland without a husband, where she has to carefully compete with her sister - Queen Elizabeth I of England, ruling over Scotland and England at the time. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne.

Both now must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

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. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty.

Mary Queen of Scots, which opens in prime awards season consideration in select theaters on December 7, is directed by Josie Rourke from a screenplay by Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and stars Dunkirk's Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, David Tennant and Guy Pearce.

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