Saoirse Ronan, Queen of Scots
Saoirse Ronan, formerly known as the girl with the un-spell-able name, will soon be taking a new name: Mary, Queen of Scots. The young actress has signed on to an as-yet-untitled project from Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age). Hirst and Ronan’s attachment are the only known details about the film, but promise to be a powerful combination.
Ronan has racked up an impressive resume over the past few years, including star turns in Atonement, Hanna, and Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. The talented actress has no plans to slow down anytime soon, with a number of projects due to be released very soon, including an adaptation of The Host; another series from Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. In fact, the actress had to drop out of Jackson’s Hobbit films due to scheduling conflicts. Lets hope she’s not too burnt out for her turn as the Queen of Scots (Ronan herself is Irish).
As for Hirst, the powerful scribe has been behind not only Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth films (which featured Mary), but a number of television series from the same era, including The Tudors, granting him the nickname, “The Aaron Sorkin of the Middle Ages.” He clearly knows where his strengths lie, so more power to him.
Mary hasn’t seen the silver screen since 1971′s Mary, Queen of Scots (appropriate title), starring Vanessa Redgrave as the titular Queen. Here’s her bio:
“Crowned the queen of Scotland before she was a year old, Mary added to that pedigree when her first husband became France’s king and she became queen consort in 1559. Despite that auspicious start, things didn’t go well from there. She later married her first cousin, a bad match that ended with his murder. When she quickly married the man suspected of orchestrating the killing, an uprising against the couple resulted in her imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle. Forced to abdicate her throne to her year-old son, she failed in an attempt to wrest back the throne and fled for the protection of her cousin, England’s Queen Elizabeth 1. If you’ve seen Elizabeth or any movie about that period, you know how well that worked out for Mary, who’d once claimed to be the rightful queen of England, a view embraced by Catholics. Once she was perceived as a threat by her cousin, Mary was confined and ultimately executed for complicity in a plot to assassinate Elizabeth.”
Source: Movie News