Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan are starring together in Mary, Queen of Scots, a film that focuses on the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary I of Scotland. The director for this movie is Josie Rourke and, in an interview with Collider, she had the chance to speak about various aspects of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Mary, Queen of Scots
One of the things Josie Rourke spoke about was how much of the script was done when she became involved with Mary, Queen of Scots:
“None. There was a screenplay that had gone through a number of iterations. Working Title had been wanting to make this project for a long time, and Saoirse [Ronan] had been attached to it since she was eighteen.”
“I came onto it a couple of years ago. I looked at the material that was there— Elizabeth was not in that screenplay… Really what the movie aims to do now is what I wanted [from] the screenplay. I knew that in order to do that, I would need to start afresh and ideally, I would need Beau Willimon.”
“I knew from his work on House of Cards, he could write with a Shakespearean dimension. He really understands how to make politics vivid and dramatic. I wanted to take these women seriously as politicians and think about their leadership and the cost of power.”
“That was something I knew Beau would do brilliantly, so I wrote a pitch. A tiny one that basically said I think we need to take Mary more seriously than history and the screen has taken her up to this point.”
“Let’s revise that. Let’s have an amazing scene that’s like a Renaissance Heat [between Elizabeth & Mary]. Let’s think about looking at just one period of Mary’s life. That’s where Beau and I began.”