Well, it’s certainly been a week for costume drama trailers, hasn’t it? Just the other day we had out first good look at Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, and now here’s the trailer for Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots, which sees Saoirse Ronan as the titular upstart monarch and Margot Robbie as England’s Elizabeth I squaring off for a literal royal rumble. Or, as the official synopsis would have it:
“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.”
Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce co-star in what looks to be a ripper of a historical drama, as the two Queens square off against each other while simultaneous fending off the male nobles who balk at bending the knee to women of power. To be fair, this stretch of history has been pretty well trod, cinematically speaking (our Cate’s Elizabeth movies, The Other Boleyn Girl, Shakespeare in Love, etc and so forth) but there’s something about the Late Tudor period that keeps us coming back for more. Blame Shakespeare.
Mary Queen of Scots is in Australian cinemas from January 17, 2019. In the meantime, have a couple of character posters to tide you over.