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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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gobbolino gobbolino 8 years
I agree that scarlett is not the ideal choice and I think Samantha Morton in the Golden Age was brilliant, even if her screen time was unfairly limited. Rachel Weiz would be ideal, or Kate Winslet. ( please not Keira Knightley, I feel like we're overdosing on her at the moment ) and she is'nt a strong enough actress to play the feisty Mary. Another thing.... what's with the 'love story' idea between Mary and Bothwell ? film makers are always obsessed with their relationship and feel it needs to be exploited in the films BUT it is complete fabrication that they were in love. Actually Bothwell raped Mary and still loved his ex-wife, was only interested in power and himself, was cruel to his servants and had few redeeming qualities. Oh and Mary did,nt actually think he was that hot either, he was just a means to a desperate end for her. Mary had loads of other major political and religious intrigues going on in her life to make a film interesting. That,s my opinion-for what it,s worth anyway.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
@ kayleigh83 and vinnie, ITA!! And I didn't know she was going to be in the Other Boleyn Girl :( I want to see that movie so bad... but I don't want to contribute my hard-earned money for a ticket that will just make producers keep casting her in films... idk right now.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
Lau324 yes I've seen Love Song for Bobby Long, and that's one performance where I thought she did really well. Other than that her acting doesn't impress me as much as some others. I was very disappointed with her in Match Point. Performance-wise, she lost me in the end of the film. Overacted and altogether strange, I couldn't quite put my finger on what was wrong with it except that the emotion just wasn't believable.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I don't think this is a role for Scarlett. She was okay in The Girl with the Pearl Earring and I guess we'll see how she plays royalty in The Other Boleyn Girl but personally, I think her fake British accent is..well...fake!
kristya kristya 9 years
Why Scarlett? She can't act. :(
splayer splayer 9 years
Ditto what Erikalou said. Also, Samantha Morton was incredible in Elizabeth.
Erikalou Erikalou 9 years
Do you think she thought it would be weird at all to be playing Anne Boleyn's sister followed by Mary Queen of Scots? Essentially, she's the aunt of the woman that orders her execution....
vinnie vinnie 9 years
she'll certainly be able to fill out her costume for plenty of heaving bosom shots - which is all she's good at doing. Her acting skills stink!
eightieslingo eightieslingo 9 years
I found this on imdb: "The producer of Mary, Queen of scots is Scarlett's mother Melanie Johansson. This explains why the lead actress is miscast..." Now it makes a little more sense why she's been cast, huh? Although I do think she's was very good in Girl With a Pearl Earring.
lau324 lau324 9 years
I think I am going to have to disagree with the majority here. Scarlett is one of the most refreshing young actresses out there. She was incredibly fierce in A Love Song for Bobby Long, a movie that is probably little known to most people - but is evidence enough of her capacity for dramatic intensity, and is probably, in my opinion, her best performance in film to date (along with her stunning performance in Girl with a Pearl Earring.) I actually find her most convincing in period pieces and would argue that she has classically beautiful looks that lend themselves well to the genre. Other than Pearl Earring, A Good Woman (adaptation of Wilde's Lady Windemere's Fan) is a good example. She definitely has proven that she brings intensity to the screen, even if it is a silent intensity. So I would have to say I look forward to seeing her portrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots. I think she is one of the most exciting actresses out there today, and she definitely has the natural talent and experience necessary for this role.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
You know, I used to like Scarlett, but more and more I can't even decide if she's a good actress. In a review for Nanny Diaries this summer, the NY Times said that she confused "sullenly attitudinizing" with acting, and I'm sort of starting to agree with them. Maybe this will be a good role for her though, who knows?
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 9 years
I can't stand Scarlett... she is far more famous than her talent deserves. I don't get all the hype surrounding her. And as Mary Queen of Scots... I don't see her fitting into that role AT ALL. Which is unfortunate because Mary is a historical figure I'm very interested in and it would be nice to see her portrayed by someone who could do it right. I feel the same way about Mary Boleyn, so I'm apprehensive about seeing Scarlett play her in the Other Boleyn Girl as well.
gaellemj gaellemj 9 years
Mary, or for me Marie, had a French mother, was brought up in France, lived there from 5 to 19, and even became Reine de France (Queen of France). So I can see her being portrayed by a French actress, as Clemence Poesy did for a tv movie in Britain. I could see a British actress. I even remember Katharine Hepburn portraying her as well. But Scarlett?!? Hasn't she just played Henri VIII mistress? And now she would play the grand niece of her lover?
Wicked Wicked 9 years
I definitely don't hate her acting but couldn't they have found someone else?
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I cannot see her as Mary Queen of Scots. And yes, Samantha Morton - it doesn't get any better than that. She was terrific in Elizabeth. Evepic, I think I know what you mean, but in that case I don't think it's the actor's fault for not looking right in period costume, it's the part of the hair, makeup and costume department. Sometimes they just don't get it right. They are too concerned with making the actor/actress look gorgeous by today's standards, and end up losing the look of authenticity. I haven't seen Girl with a Pearl Earring yet, but judging from the poster alone Scarlett Johanssen looks very much the part.
evepic evepic 9 years
I don't like Scarlett at all as an actress. Too me, she's just another pretty face. Also, I find that some people just aren't suited for period pieces. I find that she looks too modern to be credible. Other actresses have the same problem; Hilary Swank in "The Affair of the Necklace", Drew Barrymore in "Ever After". It's not that they are bad actresses they just don't look right in a corset, IMO.
mswindang mswindang 9 years
i like scarlett but it is true, not for this role. we need powerful acting to pull this off and im not sure she's capable of that yet.
raieven raieven 9 years
I'm SURE there are quite a few British actresses who would play this perfectly and are dying for the chance to do so.
wonder-woman wonder-woman 9 years
I think it's a bad movie review waiting to happen. She lacks something that is needed for such a strong character. She's a pretty girl who does ok in certain genres but most definitely not this one.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I definitely think that Scarlett Johansson does not belong in the role of Mary. She has just been typecast as the pretty blonde in many movies(The Nanny Diaries and various other films that I avoid watching because SJ is in them). She won't be able to truly capture Mary's spirit and fire. This movie might pull in money at the box office because of SJ's name, but the critics will have a field day writing about this train wreck.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I do like Scarlett Johansson (at times), but this is just not the role for her. Mary Queen of Scots is gutsy, flamboyant; Scarlett is not.
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 9 years
This is terrible casting.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Meh - I agree with you Buzz. Scarlett is certainly very pretty, and I enjoyed her in Lost in Translation, but everything I've seen her in since then I've felt her acting is lacking. She's not a fiery dramatic actress, which is what the part of Mary calls for.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I liked Marie Antoinette.
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