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Margot Robbie to play Queen Elizabeth (the first one)

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Variety reports that actress Margot Robbie has been tapped to play Queen Elizabeth I—generally considered the Harley Quinn of the Tudor dynasty—in a new historical drama about Mary, Queen Of Scots. Saoirse Ronan would play the title character, Elizabeth’s first cousin, who waged a years-long effort to assert her superior claim to the throne of England, and who Elizabeth eventually had parted from her head.

Apologies if that’s a bit of an historical spoiler, but we honestly can’t wait to see this scene, courtesy of Wikipedia, make it to the silver screen:

Mary was not beheaded with a single strike. The first blow missed her neck and struck the back of her head. The second blow severed the neck, except for a small bit of sinew, which the executioner cut through using the axe. Afterward, he held her head aloft and declared, “God save the Queen.” At that moment, the auburn tresses in his hand turned out to be a wig and the head fell to the ground, revealing that Mary had very short, grey hair. A small dog owned by the queen, a Skye terrier, is said to have been hiding among her skirts, unseen by the spectators. Following the beheading, it refused to be parted from its owner’s body and was covered in her blood, until it was forcibly taken away and washed.


Mary, Queen Of Scots has yet to be greenlit, possibly because Hollywood producers aren’t reading the same Wikipedia pages we are. Theater and film director Josie Rourke is expected to helm the film.

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