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Scarlett Johansson is Mary, Queen of Scots

Scarlett Johansson is Mary, Queen of Scots

Phillip Noyce was just named the director of Mary Queen of Scots, starring Scarlett Johansson.

The 23-year-old actress is sticking to what she does best–period dramas!

Mary Queen of Scots is a biography of the woman who became Scotland’s queen at 9 months in 1542 and, later, a rival to the English throne. Mary, a Roman Catholic, was imprisoned for many years on charges of plotting to murder Elizabeth I, a Protestant. Elizabeth eventually had her beheaded in 1587.

Production is scheduled to start April in London and Scotland.

Noyce has directed some of the bestest movies in the whole wide world: Rabbit-Proof Fence, Patriot Games (Harrison Ford) and Dean Calm (Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane).

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  • kate


  • KC

    She’s been doing this movie forever. She took over the role when Bryce Dallas Howard dropped out and it’s been stalled for like 3-4 years now.

  • kate


  • Just Jared

    The director wasn’t announced until today.

  • tttttttt

    I love her she’s such a great actress. She looks very beautiful in this pic.

  • the-girl-in-denmark

    OMG! she looks scary and ugly!!

  • Rose de Rose


  • 6wheels4me

    It seems SO REFRESHING that the only thing we read about this girl is what film she’ll do next. BRAVO SCARLETT……

  • wow

    Scarlett has the best agent and management in young Hollywood. Class all the way.

  • xsleekx

    6 wheels for me, i agree i didn’t really think of that before but she never seems to put a step wrong, i like her i think she has a lot of personality as well as class

  • xsleekx

    6 wheels for me, i agree i didn’t really think of that before but she never seems to put a step wrong, i like her i think she has a lot of personality as well as class

  • anne

    I agree Scarlett is working a lot and she stays away from all the trouble .she’s great!!!!!!!!

  • Helena

    Apparently John Curran (The Painted Veil) was going to direct. Shame, I loved ‘Veil’.
    But I really loved Rabbit Proof Fence and Dead Calm (not a fan of Patriot Games), so we’ll see how this works.

  • Regina

    “OMG! she looks scary and ugly!!”

    Are you going to say that on every bloody thread, you superifical idiot? She’s beautiful and I’d love to see if you look as half as great as she does.

  • pipi

    WTF!! She’s ok but she not really that talented.

  • rachelle

    isn’t that the story where the “legend” bloody mary came along? because she was beheaded? just wondering.

  • funny

    16 – yes i think so

  • James

    I can’t wait for this and the Other Boleyn Girl!

  • kmi123

    16/17 – NO, that’s not true. “Bloody Mary” = Mary Tudor, who killed many protestants in 16th century England because of her Catholic amibitions. The queen who succeeded her, was Mary’s half-sister Elisabet the first.
    And: Scarlett is an amazing actress and stylish person, who could act in a lot more sorts of films than costumedramas.

  • Miss Chanel

    I can’t wait for this movie Scarlett is awesome.

  • ashamed

    Scarlett obviously has not been listening to Obama. Check out the beliefs of his church darling you may learn a few things

  • the-girl-in-denmark

    i did wrote the wrong story! sorry scarlett, i did mean amy winehouse

  • the-girl-in-denmark

    i did wrote the wrong story! sorry scarlett, i did mean amy winehouse

  • hypocrite

    YAY! I can’t wait. 99% of the time she picks great roles and works with excellent directors (just go to IMDB and look at all of the talented directors that wanted her in their films). The Lindsays of the world could learn a thing or two from her. No wonder Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Biel are jealous of this girl and her excellent choices!

    And Phillip Noyce is getting better and better with each movie in this decade. Rabbit Proof Fence, The Quiet American (amazingly directed), Catch a Fire…

  • Carrie

    Why, when there are many talented scottish actresses does there have to be a bloody american in the lead role!!???????????
    What? Just so the film sells to an American audience!
    It’s almost as bad as having an auzzie playing Elizabeth I.
    No doubt this film will be “hollywoodised” too and completely factually inacturate. AHHHHHHH Rant! Rant! Rant!

  • mickey

    I hope someone teaches her to act before she steps foot on set.

  • agathi


  • Carrie

    What? Writing in capitals proves it????

  • pomme

    she’s talented I adore her. I’m going to see this movie.

  • The Arab Aquarius

    I dunno if she can pull off such a role, we’ll see ….. The Arab Aquarius

  • ellie

    “I hope someone teaches her to act before she steps foot on set.”

    Mickey, I totally agree with you.

  • hypocrite

    Carrie = typical jealous girl that gets her rocks off by bashing this talented girl.

    Total ugly – inside and out you are.

  • Lola

    She’s lovely and stays out of trouble, and acts decently. Can we hope for more in today’s world?

  • pat

    She’s surely far away from Paris hilton.

  • Carrie

    Hypocrite, where did I “bash” this girl?
    What I actually did was
    1. point out the fact that american/big name actresses are constantly cast over often very talented “native” actresses
    and 2. then take the piss out of someone using capitals to make what is their opinion look like fact.
    Personally I have no problem with her or even watching americans play americans, but it would be better to have a real scottish talent, it isn’t like there aren’t any, and I am sure that if the studios were obsessed with gaining an audience she wouldn’t have even been in the running.
    Take that in any way you like, I can’t really be bothered to argue with you any further, besides making any further argument seems pointless and childish.

  • hypocrite

    Girls like you, Carrie, just find something to complain about. You, obviously, have yet to see if she can pull off the role and just complain and complain just like all the jealous haters.

    Then you go and get all sarcastic thinking you are better than people by lambasting someone for how they type on a friggin’ message board/website. A life you do not have, Carrie.

    Stop being jealous of this talented girl. What have you ever accomplished that gives you the right to complain?

  • anon

    Ha! Keira Knightley would be better – At least she’d have the accent sorted.

    Scarlett with a British accent should be interesting – not to mention that the British accent back then was far different to it is now.

  • alex

    mary queen of scots was beheaded at the castle where i live wonder if were going to have some hollywood stars round our area. probs not though.

  • coalharbourqt

    Carrie – I totally get your point but hey, if it’s going to be Americanized, I’m glad they picked Scarlett for the role. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for years and just think she has a lot of talent and class. Most of young Hollywood could learn a thing or two from her.

  • coalharbourqt

    anon #37 – you do realize that there is a difference between a Scottish and an English accent don’t you??? Keira Knightley has a nice ENGLISH accent.

  • rachelle

    oh ok. thank you for the clarification. kmi123 :)

  • kmi123

    @ rachelle: You’re welcome.

  • Kiera has the accent but no the acting skills. Great choice Scarlett is awesome.

  • freelinda


    No – Bloody Mary was Henry Tudors daughter Mary by his Catholic wife Kathryn of Arragon. Called Bloody Mary because she executed so my Protestants when she became Queen and tired to return England to Catholicism.

  • Mary Seton

    Mary Queen of Scots became Queen at 6 days, not 9 months.

  • angie

    @rachelle: No. Bloody Mary refers to Mary 1 of England (one of Henry VIII’s children – the Catholic Queen who ruled before Elizabeth 1 took over). She was called bloody Mary because she had hundreds of people burnt at the stake because of their religion.

  • angie

    wait…just realised people have already said this…lol

  • angie

    I was getting confused over the ‘mary becoming queen at 9 months’ thing too…but just realised it must be referring to the fact that she was officially crowned queen at 9 months at stirling castle rather than just becoming queen at 6 days old because her dad died. Also…as for the Scottish/English accent thing, since Mary spent most of her life childhood in France, surely she would have a French accent wouldn’t she? :) Rather than scottish…