Saoirse has confirmed she is still attached to the film MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, which was first announced by Deadline back in 2012. Josie Rourke, the Donmar Warehouse’s artistic chief, has agreed to direct the motion picture, and filming begins in 2017. This project has been in and out of Saoirse’s IMDb page ever since we first opened the site, so we couldn’t be happier it is finally going into production.
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.