Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • 2h 4min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Josie Rourke
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Brendan Coyle, Guy Pearce
  • UK release: 18 January 2019

Mary Stuart (Ronan) and Elizabeth (Robbie) would like to be sisters but political rivalry drives them apart. Ronan gives a sophisticated performance and Robbie as Elizabeth is a blend of nervous uncertainty and confident outrage. Over the top, perhaps, but its ridiculousness hits a raw nerve in the current political climate, where women politicians are attacked for dancing.

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*"Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan excel as wily foes in Josie Rourke's striking take on the rivalry between Elizabeth I and her Scottish cousin" *(The Guardian)

BAFTA NOMINATIONS Supporting Actress - Margot Robbie Costume Design Make Up & Hair

OSCAR NOMINATIONS Make Up ">Mary Stuarts attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. However, Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. 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.

*"The film succeeds best when it shows how in times more conducive to the friendship of women in power the two queens could have been sisters under the skin." - *Rolling Stone.

 Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Gemma Chan, Guy Pearce

 Josie Rourke

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Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan complement each other perfectly, says director

21 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Josie Rourke thinks Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan "complement" each other perfectly in 'Mary Queen of Scots'. The 42-year-old director relished working with the Hollywood stars on the drama movie – in which Saoirse plays Mary Stuart and Margot…

Saoirse Ronan struggled with Mary Queen of Scots horse

18 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Saoirse Ronan dreaded working with the horse she rode in 'Mary Queen of Scots'. The 24-year-old actress has revealed she struggled with the horse that appears in the Josie Rourke-directed drama film – in which she portrays Mary Stuart – because he…

Mary Queen of Scots

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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie headline an over the top but powerfully feminist historical drama

Mary Stuart was only six-days-old when she inherited the Scottish throne after the death of her father, and 18 when she returned from France to claim it. Based on John Guy's revisionist biography with a screenplay by House of Cards showrunner Beau…

Saoirse Ronan's 'diva' Mary Queen of Scots horse

11 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Saoirse Ronan's horse in 'Mary Queen of Scots' was "the biggest diva". The 24-year-old star learnt to ride an equine for the first time with Prince – the same stallion as DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman – for the drama and she has described her…

Margot Robbie shocked by reaction to regal outfits

7 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Margot Robbie says people acted differently towards her when she put on her regal 'Mary Queen of Scots' outfit. The 28-year-old actress plays Queen Elizabeth I in the movie and has revealed the movie's crew really responded to her costume. She…

Saoirse Ronan says playing Mary Queen of Scots gave her 'strength'

4 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Saoirse Ronan says playing Mary Stuart gave her "strength" as an actress. The 24-year-old star plays the titular role in historical drama film 'Mary Queen of Scots' and has revealed that being asked to lead the movie by director Josie Rourke helped…

Mary Queen Of Scots director fought for a 'period in a period movie'

2 Jan 2019

Film gossip

'Mary Queen Of Scots' director Josie Rourke had to fight to include a "period in a period movie". The filmmaker admitted that in her latest historical drama – starring Saoirse Ronan in the titular role and Margot Robbie as Scottish queen and…

Saoirse Ronan's uncomfortable corset experience

28 Dec 2018

Film gossip

Saoirse Ronan found it "awkward" going to the toilet in a corset whilst filming 'Mary Queen of Scots'. The 24-year-old Irish American actress takes on the leading role in the forthcoming drama and has admitted it was rather "uncomfortable" being in…

Saoirse Ronan quizzed Scottish people to prepare for Mary Queen of Scots

19 Dec 2018

Film gossip

Saoirse Ronan prepared for her role as Mary Queen of Scots by asking Scottish people how she should portray the royal figure. The 24-year-old actress has the lead role in the upcoming biopic, and in order to do the part justice, every time she came…

Margot Robbie felt 'terrified' by her Mary Queen of Scots role

12 Dec 2018

Film gossip

Margot Robbie felt "terrified" playing Queen Elizabeth I in 'Mary Queen of Scots'. The 28-year-old actress stars alongside Saoirse Ronan – who plays the titular role – in the Josie Rourke-directed drama, and Margot has admitted to initially being…

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan were kept apart on set

4 Oct 2018

Film gossip

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan were deliberately kept apart on the set of 'Mary Queen of Scots'. The Australian actress Robbie – who stars as English Queen Elizabeth I – and Irish-American actress Ronan – who plays the Scottish queen – star in the…

Margot Robbie never thought she'd like playing Queen Elizabeth I

13 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Margot Robbie never thought she would enjoy playing Queen Elizabeth I. The 27-year-old actress portrays the monarch in the upcoming movie 'Mary Queen of Scots' - which is slated to be released later this year - and she has admitted that after…

David Tennant joins Mary Queen of Scots

19 Aug 2017

Film gossip

David Tennant has joined the cast of 'Mary, Queen of Scots'. The former 'Doctor Who' actor's role is yet to be revealed, but he joins Dunkirk's Jack Lowden, Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn and Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle in the forthcoming…

Margot Robbie to play Queen Elizabeth I

22 Apr 2017

Film gossip

Margot Robbie is in talks to play Queen Elizabeth I in 'Mary Queen of Scots'. The 26-year-old actress - who was born and raised in Australia - has been approached by movie executives to play the late royal, who died in 1603, in the upcoming drama…

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