Ahead of the film’s trailer debut tomorrow, Focus Features has released a pair of character posters for the upcoming historical drama Mary Queen of Scots. The film stars Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan as the titular Mary Stuart, the Queen of France who, at the age of 18, defied pressure to remarry following her husband’s death and instead returned to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne. But she comes up against Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules over both England and Scotland, and the two fiercely independent women in a male-dominated world engage in a battle for the throne.
Acclaimed British theater director Josie Rourke directed the film from a screenplay by Beau Willimon, who adapted his own play for George Clooney‘s Ides of March and served as showrunner on House of Cardsfor the show’s first four seasons. There’s a hell of a pedigree here and the costuming alone looks Oscar-worthy, so I can’t wait to see the film in action when the trailer debuts tomorrow morning at 8am PST/11am EST.
For now, check out the Mary Queen of Scots posters below and come back tomorrow to watch the trailer. Based on the John Guy book of the same name, the film also stars Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce. Mary Queen of Scots opens in limited release on December 7th.
Here’s the 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 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.