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Elizabeth I to be played by Margot Robbie

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.

Queen Elizabeth I by an unknown artist in the National Portrait Gallery (Public Domain)

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.

  • K

    I love movies about the royals. Especially the Tudors. So it’s about time a good movie was made about Mary, Queen of Scots. Problem is however, so much of movies based on members of royal families or the royal families themselves depends on fact based & accurate information. Not over dramatization of events that either may or may not have happened. As much as I love movies like The Queen, The Young Victoria, The Other Boleyn Girl, Marie Antoinette, Mrs. Brown, The King’s Speech, Elizabeth, Elizabeth The Golden Age, The Duchess, etc. and television shows like The Tudors, the CW’s Reign, The White Queen and The White Princess, much of the information we have about the royals, are done by scholars and historians who have done thorough research. Of course, some novels like the one’s written by Philippa Gregory, are a mix of history and drama, speculation and rumor. But while royal movies are a great way to spend an evening with a bowl of popcorn, I want to see a film based on sole accuracy and not over dramatization of events,speculation and rumor. But of course, to each their own. I just hope this movie is good though. So, I’m keeping an open mind.

  • Chad Oakley

    Who is playing the title role?

  • Charree Mahoney

    I’m confused. The article starts off about Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland and then continues about Mary Tudor, Queen of England. Which is it?

  • Gary Badgett

    “English forces” did not defeat the Armada. It was a strong wind that blew the Spanish ships up the North Sea.
    It COULD be argued that a few English fire ships sent into Calais harbour caused the Spanish ships to raise anchors and thus scattered them into the wind.
    But certainly not “forces”, only those of nature.

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