Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie in First 'Mary Queen of Scots' Trailer

Watch the Mary Queen of Scots Trailer Starring Saoirse Ronan

'Mary Queen of Scots' Trailer: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Reign Supreme

Now, Focus Features has dropped the trailer for Mary Queen of Scots (no comma!) with Saoirse Ronan playing the titular Scottish monarch, who attempts to seize the English throne from her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Of course, Mary is not successful in her quest, and the trailer does not pretend to take a stab at revisionist history.

This gives us the vast pleasure to show off the highly-anticipated trailer, featuring two female protagonists - passing the often-disregarded Bechdel Test with flying colours. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy's acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Queen of Scots is released in United Kingdom cinemas on January 18, 2019.

Between The Crown and Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, the British monarchy is still proving a major draw for filmmakers and storytellers - and now we can throw Mary Queen of Scots into the mix.

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. But she comes up against Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules over both England and Scotland, and the two fiercely independent women in a male-dominated world engage in a battle for the throne.

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. 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. "It's both of them against a particular environment that pitted them against each other", Rourke told EW of the film's focal characters late previous year.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation.

Mary Queen of Scots, which opens in prime awards season consideration in select theaters on December 7, is directed by Josie Rourke from a screenplay by Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and stars Dunkirk's Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, David Tennant and Guy Pearce. They both look to be giving extraordinary performances, which will make for a very exciting film to watch.

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