QUEEN OF SCOTS!
- By Alex Brown
- Photo Courtesy of Focus Features
We may watch the rollercoaster of modern politics with fascination and wonder, like the ever-changing plot of a major-network soap opera, but the twists, turns, and consequences of today pale in comparison to those of the 16th century. Just ask Mary, Queen of Scots, who met her untimely death at the hand of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England.
Luckily you don’t have to travel back in time to ask—Josie Rourke (Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London) and Beau Willimon (American adaptation of House of Cards) bring the story to you in a new film, Mary Queen of Scots. Based on John guy’s novel, Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, the film details the troubled, and ultimately deadly relationship between Mary and Elizabeth.
Originally created as a vehicle for another actress, the title role of Mary was ultimately given to breakout Brooklyn star, Saoirse Ronan, and playing her more-historically-admired cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England (the original) Margot Robbie of I, Tonya fame. Sure to serve all the shade and drama that can be expected from noble escapades of the 1500s, the costumes and production have also received wide critical praise.
“Mary Queen of Scots” opens nationwide December 7th.