In which triple Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan plays Mary Stuart — a woman who made some real bad man choices — and single Oscar nominee Margot Robbie plays Elizabeth I, a woman with whom you may be vaguely familiar.
The synopsis says:
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.
I’m interested in all those things, and I love both these actresses, so I’m actually pretty excited about this. (I was thinking about how Margot Robbie is an interesting choice for Elizabeth I, as I don’t think of her as a period actor…and then I realize that Wolf of Wall Street AND I, Tonya are technically period pieces.) Let’s be honest: This whole thing is my jam. Regardless of whether it is any good.
Also, while we’re here: Will one of you please tell me if Reign ended with Mary losing her noggin? THANKS.