WHO’S IN IT?

Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Jack Lowden (Dunkirk), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), David Tennant (Bad Samaritan), Guy Pearce (Memento), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), Martin Compston (Filth), Ismael Cruz Córdova (In The Blood), Brendan Coyle (Offside), Ian Hart (God’s Own Country), Adrian Lester (Born Romantic), James McArdle (’71), Maria-Victoria Dragus (The White Ribbon), Eileen O’Higgins (Brooklyn), Alex Beckett (Youth)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Josie Rourke (film debut), director; Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), writer; Tim Bevan (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Eric Fellner (Love Actually) and Debra Hayward (Les Misérables), producers; Max Richter (The Sense of an Ending), composer; John Mathieson (Gladiator), cinematographer; Chris Dickens (Slumdog Millionaire), editor

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In 1561, Mary Stuart (Ronan) returns from France to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, despite the fact that both Scotland and England are currently under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie). This sparks a rivalry between both young queens, which comes to a head when Mary asserts her claim to the English throne…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, two actresses currently at the top of their game, both delight in their respective roles as Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I in this thrilling historical drama.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY 2019