Mary Queen of Scots Trailer Takes Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie to War

Angelo Anderson
July 12, 2018

In acclaimed theater director Josie Rourke's directorial debut, Ronan plays the real-life queen of Scotland, while fellow Oscar nominee from a year ago, Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), takes on the role of Mary's cousin and nemesis Queen Elizabeth I. The interesting aspect of this power struggle resides within the two actresses who portray the two female rulers, holding their own in an era of kings.

Casting is key in a story like this, and both Ronan and Robbie look absolutely flawless in their roles as two resolute and warring queens. Meanwhile, Margot Robbie has continued her streak of unpredictable career choices by playing the Virgin Queen, a performance that arrives after her Oscar nomination for I, Tonya and in sharp contrast as well to Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Check out the trailer now in the player below!

Earlier this week, these posters surfaced with "Born To Power" and "Born To Fight" captions, labels that arguably may be mismatched.

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.

Mary Queen of Scots - also starring Tennant, Gemma Chan, Guy Pearce, and Joe Alwyn - is set for release on December 7. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. But she comes up against Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules over both England and Scotland, and the two fiercely independent women in a male-dominated world engage in a battle for the throne. 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. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination.

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

Scripted by Beau Willimon of House of Cards and directed by acclaimed theatre director Josie Rourke, the feature seems destined to drip with political intrigue and scandal. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

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