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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots
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Released: December 7, 2018
Director: Josie Rourke
Producer: Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan
Studio: Universal Pictures
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Joe Alwyn, Jack Lowden, Ian Hart, David Tennant, Brendan Coyle, Martin Compston, Gemma Chan
Genre: Drama
Length: 112 minutes

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Mary Queen of Scots Overview

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), who was the Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18. Defying pressure to remarry, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Mary sends Elizabeth a letter saying that she hopes they will be able to rule side by side in harmony. Elizabeth reponds affirmatively and graciously. However, there is grumbling amongst the male courtiers about having to serve women. They try to turn Elizabeth against Mary, calling her their foe. 

Mary weds again, this time to Henry Stuart and gives birth to a son, James. Elizabeth, who is still childless, begins to believe that Mary wants to take over the English throne. Elizabeth’s male advisors insist she should go to war with Scotland. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and lead to tragic outcomes.

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