Mary Queen of Scots is cast
The full title should read Mary Queen of Scots is cast American, with some direct Irish relation and undoubtedly Scottish ancestry. The highly talented Saoirse Ronan has been cast to play Mary Queen of Scots in a new film about the historical Queen's life.
The character has appeared in films galore most notably played by Vanessa Redgrave in the 1971 Mary, Queen of Scots and in John Ford's Mary of Scotland by Katharine Hepburn, but has appeared in film from the 1895 short The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots to the 1940's Das Herz der Königin and onto Elizabeth: The Golden Age where she was played by Samantha Morton.
Now Saoirse Ronan, who is a fantastic actress, is set to play her in a new film from Working Title written by Michael Hirst. According to the Deadline story directors are already being looked to in order to produce the story of the Queen whose story is a fascinating one and a compelling one for all those Scottish.
Mary, according to Wikipedia, was crowned Queen of Scotland when she was only one year old she was the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland and many would argue had rightful claim to the throne of England, at one point in her life she had even married the King of France.
An uprising against her and her latest husband, the King of France had died since, resulted in her having to abdicate the throne, which passed onto her one year old son, and fled to England. There she was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I of England and after almost nineteen years was executed.
Oh, I've told you the ending. Hey, Aerosmith were right, it's the journey, not the destination.
Interestingly Michael Hirst, who wrote the screenplay for this Mary Queen of Scots, also wrote the script for Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The Tudors television series, so he definitely has the knowledge of the period and the ability to write about it successfully.
I wonder how many Scottish actors will be involved in the film, after all we're hearing Brave (Filmstalker review) do so well with a huge Scottish cast and Scots in the lead, and will the film take to Scotland to film? It had better.