Each awards season is bound to give us one of those meaty Braveheart-esque historical epics, and this year is no different. Mary Queen of Scots is landing in theaters early next year to the sound of clashing swords and solemn oaths, not to mention some spitting threats that will change the fate of the United Kingdom.
Starring Saiorse Ronan and Margot Robbie, Queen of Scots pits two Oscar nominees (who will likely see more nods for this movie) against each other as the titular royal and her cousin Elizabeth I. The two waged a war for the throne of Scotland in the 16th century before Mary Stuart’s rebellion was stamped out.
Ronan and Robbie are two of the finest actors in Hollywood today. They go after sophisticated, complex parts and dive deep into their performances, whether Ronan is charming us with teenage haughtiness in Lady Bird or Robbie is putting on a desperate scowl as Tanya Harding in I, Tonya. These two are terrific, and regardless of your knowledge of the history here, they’re bound to elevate the material to epic new heights.
Look for Mary Queen of Scots to appear late in the Oscar calendar sometime in January.