Playing royal queens is often a one-way ticket to awards season. Just ask Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Claire Foy. So will Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie be next? The two actresses have officially started filming “Mary, Queen of Scots” on location in England and Scotland, and Focus Features is marking the occasion with a first look at Ronan as the title character.
“Mary, Queen of Scots” is the feature directorial debut of Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse. “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon wrote the script based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography “My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots.” The screenwriter earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2012 for co-writing George Clooney’s “The Ides of March.”
The period drama explores the turbulent life of Ronan’s Mary Stuart, who became Queen of France at age 16 and widowed at 18. Margot Robbie plays Mary’s biggest rival, Elizabeth I. Each young Queen is fearful and fascinated by the other, but their loyalty to their countries is threatened when Mary asserts her claim to the English throne. The supporting cast includes Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce.
“Mary, Queen of Scots” will be released sometime in 2018. Get your first look at Ronan in character below.