Negotiations are underway to have Australian actress Margot Robbie portray Elizabethan era Queen Elizabeth I in the new film Mary Queen of Scots. The film, which has yet to be confirmed, will be co-produced by Focus Features and Working Title.
Robbie has previously been seen in The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad.
The news, first reported by Variety, said that Beau Willimon, House of Cards creator, is writing the script based off of a book called The True Life of Mary Stuart authored by John Guy.
There are also negotiations taking place to have British film director Josie Rourke direct the film. Furthermore, producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Deborah Hayward are wanting to produce the movie, as well.
The role of Elizabeth’s first cousin, Queen Mary will be played by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.
Variety stated that although there has been no official confirmation of the film being given the green light, it is almost sure to go into production. Variety said their sources claimed that it is “heading in the right direction.”
Queen Elizabeth I, the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty, ruled from 17 November 1558 through her death on 24 March 1603 at the age of 69. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth has been associated with one of the greatest military victories in English history when English forces defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. She came to the throne after the death of her older sister Queen Mary I.