Filming has officially started on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. See Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots below.

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots – The film is now in-production

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography ‘My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.’

Joining the cast are Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an EndingBilly Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet SixteenLine of Duty) and Brendan Coyle (Downton AbbeyMe Before You).  Also featuring in the cast are David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) and Guy Pearce (Memento, LA Confidential, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

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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 1.  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.

Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said, “We are privileged to be collaborating with our partners at Working Title on this stellar production, and with Josie as she makes the exciting move from stage to screen work. With two of today’s most vital actresses bringing to life two female titans, Mary, Queen of Scots will be one of the movie events of 2018.”

See the full image of Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots below. The film will open in 2018.

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots
Credit: photograph by John Mathieson // Via Focus Features