The early buzz is good on Mary, Queen Of Scots. The big reason to see this historical epic is find out what writer House Of Cards writer Beau Willimon can do with 16th Century political intrigue. The second is to see Saoirse Ronan go head-to-head against Margot Robbie. This looks like good stuff, but will director Josie Rourke’s pic be a blockbuster or just niche arthouse fare?
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But 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. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, with David Tennant, and Guy Pearce star.
Mary, Queen Of Scots opens on 18 January 2019.