‘Mary, Queen of Scots’: New Trailer Has Margot Robbie Sentencing Saoirse Ronan to Death

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Take a look at the new trailer released for upcoming period drama Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

The film tells of Mary Stuart (Ronan), who became Queen of France at 16 and was a widow by 18, and who chose to return to Scotland instead of remarrying. She returned to reclaim the throne, but Elizabeth I (Robbie) wasn’t about to let her “sister” take her sovereignty.

Off the bat, the trailer finds Mary being sentenced to death by Elizabeth; some or much of the film could be told in flashback form, with Mary’s period of imprisonment serving as bookends. Either way, it looks like a handsomely produced period piece, with two strong actresses doing thing. Theatre director Josie Rourke makes her big-screen feature debut here, working from a screenplay by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. Fingers crossed.

Mary, Queen of Scots, also starring David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan and Martin Compston, among others, will be hitting US cinemas on 7 December and Australian cinemas on 17 January.

Official synopsis for Mary, Queen of Scots:

“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.

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