Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth in Focus Features and Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots,” opposite Saoirse Ronan.

Josie Rourke is directing the film. Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Deborah Hayward are producing.

“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon is writing an original script based on a book by John Guy titled “The True Life of Mary Stuart.” “Mary” has yet to be greenlit, but sources say things are headed in the right direction. If greenlit, the film would likely go sometime later this year. Ronan will play the title role of Mary.

Following the success of big hits like “Suicide Squad” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” this latest role gives the Australian-born Robbie a prestige part to add to her portfolio. It could also have awards season potential given Focus’ track record of pushing Oscar campaigns for its releases.

Robbie, 26, is currently starring in Fox Searchlight’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” where she plays the wife of “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne. She recently wrapped production on “I, Tonya” starring as the title character Tonya Harding in a film she also produced under her Lucky Chap Entertainment banner.

She is repped by Management 360, CAA, Aran Michael Management and attorney Jeff Bernstein.

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  1. Zachary Carpenter says:

    I dont get the comments below saying Margot plays herself in every role. She is mega talented. She’s never the same in any film! She also does great at accents, American, British, Australian (guess that doesn’t count since she’s an Aussie) two different Jersey dialects, southern hillbilly accent in “Z for Zachariah, a cockney accent in “Terminal”, etc and also who cares if she doesn’t look like Elizabeth I? She doesn’t look like Tonya Harding but she played the part and transformed herself from looking like a supermodel into the unattractive Tonya for “I, Tanya”. She had the talent to win an Oscar and get a nomination at the very least. Even Martin Scorcese praised her talent and that man knows what he’s talking about. He said so in the article he wrote about her for TIME when she was listed as one of the most 100 influential and powerful people of 2017

  2. Mike Jones says:

    No mention of James Hepburn the Earl of Bothwell. Mary’s lover. I hope they don’t leave him out.

  3. mstrainjr says:

    More Hollywood whitewashing! Margot is Austrailian, not British! Shame on Hollywood for being so racist! They should…
    Oh, nobody cares.

  4. Bill B. says:

    Saoirse is a very talented actress, but they are both going to have a hard time topping Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson in the ’71 film.

  5. mjweir0317 says:

    I love Margot Robbie but I have never seen a more bizarre casting choice in my life. MR is the very definition of 21st century attractive. It would be difficult to even place her in the 20th Century with any authenticity. And truthfully, I’ve never seen her in anything where she was anything other than Margot Robbie. This is just weird. In reality, Saoirse Ronan would have been a better choice for Elizabeth. Not tat she’s not a good choice for Mary. But this looks like one of those CW nighttime historical soaps.

  6. Sohail Jafar says:

    The only problem I have is Saoirse (an Irish woman) is playing Mary (a Scottish woman), and yes I understand that Mary is not really Scottish in terms of growing up, But I feel insulted that they didn’t try to find a good Scottish actress and there are many (popular and new). Don’t think this movie will be great in my country.

  7. Arabella says:

    I don’t think this show will be successful..because recently we have story about.mary queen of scots here in the U.S we still watching The Four Season and at the same time they are watching it in Brazil Mary Queen of Scots is Clay by in Australian girl name Adelaide kane and she is the best for the part of queen Elizabeth I Rachel skarsten from canada you might want to see it REIGN TV SERIES CW

  8. Kate says:

    Not a big fan of casting her as Elizabeth. She wasn’t some great beauty and had a completely different face shape. They’re trying to get butts in the seat rather than be accurate. Hopefully makeup will help.

  9. Jason says:

    Only a few of the films with Mary get her accent correct. She lived in France from ages 5 to 18. Yet I have seen her portrayed on screen again and again with either a heavy Scottish accent, or more often, a crisp, English RP accent. At least once with a thick French one. I feel like it would be a hodge-podge, but more French than anything (like Eva Green.)

  10. Kate28 says:

    Em, the film has been ”greenlit.” Filming starts this summer!

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