MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - Trailer

Watch the Mary Queen of Scots Trailer Starring Saoirse Ronan

Such is the case with Mary Queen of Scots and the first trailer definitely feels like the kind of thing that could generate a lot of buzz later this year.

Directed by Jason Rourke, Mary, Queen of Scots promises a healthy dose of sword fighting on horses, fancy corsets, male fragility, and a riveting battle between two powerful women.

Mary Queen of Scots is set for an 18 January release in the United Kingdom - so it seems like this could be a real Oscar contender come 2019. (It's Elizabeth). In Mary Queen of Scotts, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) is at odds with her "sister" (technically her first cousin, once removed), Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie bring their serious acting chops and their serious cheekbones to Mary Queen of Scots, a historical drama about the conflict between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I. Who will reign supreme?

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Mary Queen of Scots comes from director Josie Rourke and marks her major feature debut. At the time of her arrival, Elizabeth I (Robbie) holds the English throne, and quickly grows anxious over Mary's presence, which threatens her rule. 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. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history. Past year they were both nominated for Lady Bird and I, Tonya, respectively. In addition to Ronan and Robbie - both of whom have prior nods under their respective belts - costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) won her first Oscar statuette in 2008; the year after, editor Chris Dickens followed suit for his work on Slumdog Millionaire, while screenwriter and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) and cinematographer John Mathieson (Gladiator) have been recognized over the years with nominations from the Academy in their respective categories as well. Neither actress has taken home the big prize, but it looks like they both could be turning in another award-worthy performance here.

After revealing the character posters yesterday, Focus Features has released the official trailer for their upcoming docudrama Mary, Queen of Scots.

Mary, Queen of Scots is set for release on December 7, 2018.

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