Official Synopsis: “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.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Brendan Coyle and Guy Pearce

Directed By: Josie Rourke
Based On: “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots” by John Guy (2004)

Studio: Focus Features
Release Date:
December 7, 2018

Also on this day:

  • “Anna and the Apocalypse” (Orion Pictures)
  • “Ben is Back” (Roadside Attractions)
  • “The Silence” (Global Road)
  • “This One’s for the Ladies” (Neon)
  • “Under the Silver Lake” (A24)

“Mary, Queen of Scots”
New York City || Age: 24

Three-time Academy Award nominee:
“Atonement” (2007) || “Brooklyn” (2015) || “Lady Bird” (2017)

“Queen Elizabeth I”
Dalby, Queensland, Australia || Age: 28

Academy Award nominee:
“I, Tonya” (2017)

Salford, Greater Manchester, England || Age: 42

Notable Work:
This is Rourke’s feature film debut, having directed British theatre since 2000.

Ely, Cambridgeshire, England || Age: 50

Notable Roles:
“L.A. Confidential” (1997) || “Memento” (2000) || “The King’s Speech” (2010) || “Prometheus” (2012) ||  “Iron Man 3” (2013)

“John Knox”
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland || Age: 47

Notable Work:
“Doctor Who” || “Jessica Jones” || “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005)

Production Company
Distributed by Universal Pictures

Also this year:
“BlacKkKlansman” (Aug 10th) || “Boy Erased” (Nov 2) || “On the Basis of Sex” (Dec 25)

Production Company
Distributed by Universal Pictures

Also this year: “Johnny English Strikes Again” (Oct 26)
Notable Work: “Darkest Hour” (2017)

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