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Scarlett Gets New Director for Mary Queen of Scots

Back when we first heard about the period drama Mary Queen of Scots, Scarlett Johannson was in the title role and John Curran (We Don't Live Here Anymore, The Painted Veil) was set to direct. Now there's been a director switch-up and the movie's description has changed slightly.

Today Variety is reporting that Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) will direct Scarlett in the movie, previously described as "a love story based on the early life of the legendary queen (Johansson) that focuses on her relationship with the Earl of Bothwell and her rivalry with her half-brother James." Today's news, however, calls the movie a "biography" of Scotland's queen/rival to the English throne. Variety continues, "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." No mention of a love story at all.

After seeing the Elizabeth sequel last October, I must say I'm partial to Samantha Morton's stirring portrayal of Mary Queen of Scots, and while I like Scarlett in certain things, I'm not too thrilled about her role in this period piece. What do you think about this casting decision?

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