First ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Trailer Teases a Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie Showdown

Focus Features has released the first official trailer for Mary Queen of Scots, the new period drama from director Josie Rourke. Starring Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart, Mary Queen of Scots will follow young Mary’s life, who at 18, defies to remarry after her husband’s death and instead, returned to Scotland to reclaim her throne. But her decision brings her face-to-face with Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), and the two incredibly fierce women compete for the throne in male-dominant society.

When it comes to a film like this one, casting is an absolute key, and it couldn’t be more perfect in this situation. Both Ronan and Robbie are arguably the two best working actresses today, and pairing them together, or rather opposite each other, as warring queens will no doubt be a huge treat. The trailer teases so many fantastic things that it’s extremely hard not to be excite about the possibilities of this film. This is a film we could be talking about for some very important awards in the near future.

Watch the first official trailer for the film below, and after doing so, head down to the comments and let me know your thoughts! How did the trailer sit with you? What do you think of the casting choices? Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots will be released on December 7th.

“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). 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 (Robbie).  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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