First Look at Saoirse Ronan in 'Mary, Queen of Scots'

'Mary, Queen of Scots' Reveals First Photo of Saoirse Ronan in the Title Role

Josie Rourke will be making her feature film directorial debut, with a script written by Beau Willimon (House of Cards, Ides of March).

The film will depict a story well known to any royalists.Based on John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life Of Mary Queen Of Scots and set in 1568 the film will showcase the tense battle for power between Mary Stuart and her cousin (and eventual murderer) Elizabeth I, Queen of England.

Our Saoirse Ronan certainly knows how to morph into absolutely any role going, and she has proved that once more with the first image released of her as Mary Queen of Scots. Producers include Working Title members Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, who all were nominated for an academy award for Les Miserables.

Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the U.S. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film internationally.

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The movie explores the turbulent life of Mary Stuart - Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18 - who defies pressure to remarry and returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne.

Dunkirk's Jack Lowden, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn and Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle have also been cast in the forthcoming film. The film now does not have a release date, but we expect a mid-to-late release in 2018.

Hal Wallis produced "Mary, Queen of Scots" in 1971 for Universal with Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson in the leads.

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