Margot Robbie battles Saoirse Ronan in first official trailer for Mary Queen of Scots

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Margot Robbie battles Saoirse Ronan in first official trailer for Mary Queen of Scots

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan battle for the English crown in the first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots. 

The 28-year-old Australian actress is almost unrecognizable with curly red tresses and heavy make up as Queen Elizabeth I, while the-24-year-old Irish and American star looks stunning and powerful as the titular character.

The film will act as Josie Rourke’s debut at the helm of a major motion picture, and is due out December 7 in the United States.

Fight: Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan battle for the English crown in the first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots

Fight: Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan battle for the English crown in the first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots

Vying for the crown: Both actresses were nominated for Best Actress at the 2018 Academy Awards

Vying for the crown: Both actresses were nominated for Best Actress at the 2018 Academy Awards

Fight: Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan battle for the English crown in the first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots

‘England does not look so different from Scotland,’ observes Ronan as she stares across a windy bay at Great Britain’s southern half.

‘Ey, they are sisters,’ remarks a withered, white-haired aid.

‘Queen Elizabeth, your cousin Mary has returned to take up her thrown in Scotland,’ Robbie is informed by her own aid while standing in an extravagant palace room.

The juxtaposition of natural beauty and luxury works on multiple levels, including reminding audiences of the religious differences between the leaders.

Unrecognizable: The 28-year-old Australian actress is almost unrecognizable with curly red tresses and heavy make up as Queen Elizabeth I, while the-24-year-old Irish and American star looks stunning and powerful as the titular character

Unrecognizable: The 28-year-old Australian actress is almost unrecognizable with curly red tresses and heavy make up as Queen Elizabeth I, while the-24-year-old Irish and American star looks stunning and powerful as the titular character

Unrecognizable: The 28-year-old Australian actress is almost unrecognizable with curly red tresses and heavy make up as Queen Elizabeth I, while the-24-year-old Irish and American star looks stunning and powerful as the titular character

In the chair: The film will act as Josie Rourke's debut at the helm of a major motion picture, and is due out December 7 in the United States

In the chair: The film will act as Josie Rourke's debut at the helm of a major motion picture, and is due out December 7 in the United States

In the chair: The film will act as Josie Rourke’s debut at the helm of a major motion picture, and is due out December 7 in the United States

Relatable: 'England does not look so different from Scotland,' observes Ronan as she stares across a windy bay at Great Britain's southern half

Relatable: 'England does not look so different from Scotland,' observes Ronan as she stares across a windy bay at Great Britain's southern half

Relatable: ‘England does not look so different from Scotland,’ observes Ronan as she stares across a windy bay at Great Britain’s southern half

Shared future: 'Ey, they are sisters,' remarks a withered, white-haired aid

Shared future: 'Ey, they are sisters,' remarks a withered, white-haired aid

Shared future: ‘Ey, they are sisters,’ remarks a withered, white-haired aid

Split: 'Queen Elizabeth, your cousin Mary has returned to take up her thrown in Scotland,' Robbie is informed by her own aid while standing in an extravagant palace room

Split: 'Queen Elizabeth, your cousin Mary has returned to take up her thrown in Scotland,' Robbie is informed by her own aid while standing in an extravagant palace room

Split: ‘Queen Elizabeth, your cousin Mary has returned to take up her thrown in Scotland,’ Robbie is informed by her own aid while standing in an extravagant palace room

The first exchange between the royal cousins is tempered and positive.

‘Cousin Elizabeth, I hoped we might meet in person, so that I might embrace you, but ruling side by side, we must do so in harmony,’ pens Mary Stuart.

‘Not to a treaty drafted by men lesser than ourselves.’

‘My dear cousin, let our nations cherish each other as we would, two kingdoms united,’ responds Elizabeth.

Letters: The first exchange between the royal cousins is tempered and positive

Letters: The first exchange between the royal cousins is tempered and positive

Letters: The first exchange between the royal cousins is tempered and positive

Positive start: 'Cousin Elizabeth, I hoped we might meet in person, so that I might embrace you, but ruling side by side, we must do so in harmony,' pens Mary Stuart

Positive start: 'Cousin Elizabeth, I hoped we might meet in person, so that I might embrace you, but ruling side by side, we must do so in harmony,' pens Mary Stuart

Positive start: ‘Cousin Elizabeth, I hoped we might meet in person, so that I might embrace you, but ruling side by side, we must do so in harmony,’ pens Mary Stuart

Work together: 'Not to a treaty drafted by men lesser than ourselves'

Work together: 'Not to a treaty drafted by men lesser than ourselves'

Work together: ‘Not to a treaty drafted by men lesser than ourselves’

In the beginning: 'My dear cousin, let our nations cherish each other as we would, two kingdoms united,' responds Elizabeth

In the beginning: 'My dear cousin, let our nations cherish each other as we would, two kingdoms united,' responds Elizabeth

In the beginning: ‘My dear cousin, let our nations cherish each other as we would, two kingdoms united,’ responds Elizabeth

That’s the best of their relationship, however, as the tension between the Catholic Scottish queen and the Queen of England quickly heighten.

“Do not play into their hands,’ pleads Ronan.

‘Our hatred is precisely what they hope for. I know your heart has more in it than the men who counsel you.’

But Robbie warns, ‘You will do well to watch your words.’

And her younger cousin retorts, ‘I will not be scolded by my inferior.’

Only downhill from there: That's the best of their relationship, however, as the tension between the Catholic Scottish queen and the Queen of England quickly heighten

Only downhill from there: That's the best of their relationship, however, as the tension between the Catholic Scottish queen and the Queen of England quickly heighten

Only downhill from there: That’s the best of their relationship, however, as the tension between the Catholic Scottish queen and the Queen of England quickly heighten

Listen: 

Listen: 

Listen: “Do not play into their hands,’ pleads Ronan

Warning: But Robbie warns, 'You will do well to watch your words'

Warning: But Robbie warns, 'You will do well to watch your words'

Warning: But Robbie warns, ‘You will do well to watch your words’

Shot across the bow: And her younger cousin retorts, 'I will not be scolded by my inferior.'

Shot across the bow: And her younger cousin retorts, 'I will not be scolded by my inferior.'

Shot across the bow: And her younger cousin retorts, ‘I will not be scolded by my inferior.’

Armed: From there each take up arms and the cousins prepare to fight it out for the throne

Armed: From there each take up arms and the cousins prepare to fight it out for the throne

Armed: From there each take up arms and the cousins prepare to fight it out for the throne

From there each take up arms and the cousins prepare to fight it out for the throne.

Mary Queen of Scots is the first film directed by Rourke, but by no means is this the highly-touted British theater director’s first time in the chair.

Furthermore, she has experience with a female-driven historical war drama, as she worked on Donmar Warehouse’s version of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan – about Joan of Arc.

The movie is based on John Guy’s biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, and adapted to the screen by Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards.

Prepared: Mary Queen of Scots is the first film directed by Rourke, but by no means is this the highly-touted British theater director's first time in the chair

Prepared: Mary Queen of Scots is the first film directed by Rourke, but by no means is this the highly-touted British theater director's first time in the chair

Prepared: Mary Queen of Scots is the first film directed by Rourke, but by no means is this the highly-touted British theater director’s first time in the chair

Experienced: She has experience with a female-driven historical war drama, as she worked on Donmar Warehouse's version of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan - about Joan of Arc

Experienced: She has experience with a female-driven historical war drama, as she worked on Donmar Warehouse's version of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan - about Joan of Arc

Experienced: She has experience with a female-driven historical war drama, as she worked on Donmar Warehouse’s version of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan – about Joan of Arc

‘Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution,’ writes IMDB about the plot.

Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Joe Alwyn, and Guy Pearce also star in the forthcoming period drama.

The film is set to hit theaters December 7 in the U.S. and January 18, 2019 in the U.K. 

For those confused about the various Marys around this time in English history, it is important to note, Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary I of England, aka Bloody Mary, are different people, with the latter dying when the former was just 16 years of age. 

Adaptation: The movie is based on John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, and adapted to the screen by Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards

Adaptation: The movie is based on John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, and adapted to the screen by Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards

Adaptation: The movie is based on John Guy’s biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, and adapted to the screen by Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards

Coming soon: The film is set to hit theaters December 7 in the U.S. and January 18, 2019 in the U.K.

Coming soon: The film is set to hit theaters December 7 in the U.S. and January 18, 2019 in the U.K.

Coming soon: The film is set to hit theaters December 7 in the U.S. and January 18, 2019 in the U.K.

 

 

 

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