Watch the Mary Queen of Scots Trailer Starring Saoirse Ronan

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

Primed and ready for an Oscar-positioning release later this year, the period piece explores the lives of Mary Stuart (Ronan), who in 1561 returns to Scotland as a widow grieving in the shadow of her reign as Queen of France.

Between The Crown and Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, the British monarchy is still proving a major draw for filmmakers and storytellers - and now we can throw Mary Queen of Scots into the mix. The film stars Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) as Mary Stuart opposite Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) who portrays Queen Elizabeth I in the Working Title Films production. At the time of her arrival, Elizabeth I (Robbie) holds the English throne, and quickly grows anxious over Mary's presence, which threatens her rule.

Directed by Jason Rourke, Mary, Queen of Scots promises a healthy dose of sword fighting on horses, fancy corsets, male fragility, and a riveting battle between two powerful women. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy's acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.

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Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. "It's both of them against a particular environment that pitted them against each other". Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Also starring Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, with David Tennant, and Guy Pearce, Focus Features will be releasing the film on December 7th, and one can see the first trailer below along with a pair of character posters. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

Mary Queen of Scots is set for an 18 January release in the United Kingdom - so it seems like this could be a real Oscar contender come 2019.

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