Margot Robbie is in talks to play Queen Elizabeth I in a Mary Queen of Scots biopic [Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]
The Australian actress is reportedly in negotiations to play The Virgin Queen in a film biopic of her royal rival, Mary Queen of Scots.
Saoirse Ronan is confirmed to play the Scottish queen in a film that will follow her attempt to ‘overthrow cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, but ends up condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.”
Ronan signed on for the movie back in 2012, after it spent years in development and going between different directors and stars, including Scarlett Johansson.
Saoirse Ronan will play Mary Stuart in the film [Ben Gabbe/Getty Images]
The script is being penned by House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, and is based on John Guy’s book The True Life of Mary Stuart.
The film will be the directorial debut for Josie Rourke, a celebrate theatre director and current creative director of Donmar Warehouse.
Filming is expected to commence this year in time for a 2018 release and Saoirse told the Daily Mail about her excitement for the project to finally start production.
Queen Elizabeth I famously locked up her cousin, Mary Stuart, and executed her because of the Scottish royals plans to overthrow the English thrown
‘We’re filming Mary, Queen Of Scots next year . . . finally! I’ve been involved with the film for four years,’ she said last December.
Queen Elizabeth I has been portrayed in film and TV on numerous occasions, most famously by Dame Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett.
Margot – who married long-time boyfriend Tom Ackerley at Christmas – was last seen in Suicide Squad as Harley Quinn.
She’s set to reprise the villainous role for Gotham City Sirens, also directed by Suicide Squad’s David Ayer, as well as in the DC movie’s sequel.
Margot has a number of projects expected for release this year including Terminal and Goodbye Christopher Robin.
Margot Robbie will play the wife of A.A. Milne oppposite Domhnall Gleeson in Dear Christopher Robin [Fox Searchlight]
The first film tells the story of “two assassins with a sinister mission, a fatally ill teacher, an enigmatic janitor and a waitress with a double life. Murderous consequences unravel as their lives meet at the hands of a criminal mastermind wanting revenge.”
Goodbye Christopher Robin is a biopic about Winnie the Pooh creator, A.A. Milne with Margot playing the wife Domhnall Gleeson’s Milne.
Margot also plays the titular character in I, Tonya, which follows the early career of real-life competitive ice skater Tonya Harding who, after rising through the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, is accused of being part of an attack on rival skater, Nancy Kerrigan.