Joe Alwyn and Ismael Cruz Cordova previously appeared together in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) as fellow soldiers.
In December 2016, it was announced that Josie Rourke will direct.
This will be the second time that Saoirse Ronan and Vanessa Redgrave are cast as the same characters on screen. Vanessa Redgrave previously played Mary Stuart in ''Mary Queen of Scots'' (1971). She also played the older Briony Tallis in ''Atonement'' (2007) to the younger Briony played by Saoirse Ronan.
Susanne Bier was originally attached to direct, but dropped out due to scheduling.
In August 2012, it was announced that Saoirse Ronan will play Mary Stuart. On 21 April 2017, Margot Robbie entered negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth I.
David Tennant appears in this film, which also features Elizabeth I. Previously, Tennant starred in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary "The Day of the Doctor", which showed the Tenth Doctor having a romantic relationship with Queen Elizabeth I whom he married.
''House of Cards'' (2013) creator Beau Willimon is writing an original screenplay based on the biography by John Guy titled "The True Life of Mary Stuart."
At one point in 2006, Scarlett Johansson was attached to play the lead role, but the project was stuck in development.
Margot Robbie is the second Australian actress to portray Queen Elizabeth I. The first was Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth" (1998) and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007).
Saoirse Ronan and Margo Robbie competed together in 2018 for Best Actress awards, including the Academy Award, for their roles in Lady Bird (2017) and I, Tonya (2017), respectively.
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie competed together in 2018 for many Best Actress awards, including the Academy Award, for their roles in Lady Bird (2017) and I, Tonya (2017), respectively.
The crew on the film includes Academy Award winners costume designer Alexandra Byrne, hair and make-up designer Jenny Shircore and editor Chris Dickens; Emmy award-winning production designer James Merifield; and BAFTA award-winning director of photography John Mathieson.
German-Romanian actress Maria-Victoria Dragus had also joined the cast to play Scottish noblewoman and childhood friend of Stuart, Mary Fleming, marking her English-language debut.
The film based on John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots would be produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward.
This version of the story contains scenes between Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots. In reality, the two queens never met face-to-face. Their relationship was strictly conducted through letters and envoys.
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