Deadline is reporting the Saoirse Ronan has been cast in Mary Queen of Scots. She will play the title role in the Michael Hirst scripted film.
Here’s a bit on Mary from Deadline:
“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. Once she was perceived as a threat by her cousin, Mary was confined and ultimately executed for complicity in a plot to assassinate Elizabeth.”
Working Title is producing and will add Mary Queen of Scots to a roster that includes Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley and an adaptation of the musical Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.