Historical movies are always a treat to watch on the big screen and when they are high-budget period pieces, you can be sure that you will get an authentic look at what was going on in those times. Mary Queen of Scots is one such film and it comes to theaters this February.

Director: Josie Rourke
Writers: Beau Willimon, John Guy
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie
Release Date: 1st February, 2019

Based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy, Mary Queen of Scots tells the remarkable story of a woman who married and became the queen of France at 16 years of age, then became a widow at 18, refused to re-marry, and returned to Scotland to claim her rightful position of a ruler. But that’s not all – Mary also attempted to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth so she could rule England as well. But her plans failed and she faced years of imprisonment and eventually, execution.

What’s remarkable about Mary Queen of Scots is that it tells the story of two headstrong women who had a fierce rivalry and had to navigate being rulers of a patriarchal society, while balancing marriage and children that would become their heirs. Both the queens were formidable figures in history and made starkly different choices in order to protect their thrones. Interestingly, the two queens never actually met each other but most on-screen and theatrical depictions feature a meeting as it’s much more dramatic to see them face one other instead of showing the letters through which they communicated.

Mary Queen of Scots is directed by the first-time director Josie Rourke. The two queens are played by Oscar-nominated actresses Saoirse Ronan as Mary who was praised for her performance in Lady Bird last year, and Margot Robbie who will be playing the English queen Elizabeth I. The actress has already received three nominations at BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, and AACTA International Awards.

Mary Queen of Scots is also being praised for its costumes, which have been designed by Alexandra Byrne who has worked as a costume designer for movies like Murder on the Orient ExpressAvengers: Age of UltronGuardians of the Galaxy, and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. The make-up and styling are also particularly outstanding as Margot Robbie had to look as close to the real queen as possible – which means even the facial scarring caused by smallpox had to be reproduced by make-up.

Haven’t seen the Mary Queen of Scots trailer yet? See it below and stay tuned for our review.