Rising star Joe Alwyn, who starred in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, has been cast opposite Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots.
The Working Title and Focus Features project, which will be helmed by Josie Rourke, chronicles the historical family rivalry between Elizabeth and Mary, when the latter attempted to overthrow her cousin’s seat on the English thrown.
The story centers on Mary (Ronan), who, as a child, was taken to France and betrothed to the French king’s eldest son Francis. But her marriage is short-lived when Francis dies a year after being crowned and Mary returns to Scotland in an attempt to regain favor with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth (Robbie).
Alwyn will play Dudley, Queen Elizabeth’s counselor and lover.
The film is based on John Guy’s 2004 biography The True Life of Mary Stuart. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title are producing along with Debra Hayward. Michael Hirst and Penelope Skinner wrote the script.
Alwyn is an in-demand rising star after Ang Lee cast him as the titular character in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (before the film, he had never acted in front of professional cameras). He starred in the 2016 film opposite Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Vin Diesel. The British actor also starred in The Sense of an Ending with Charlotte Rampling and will star opposite Emma Stone in The Favourite, a period drama directed by The Lobster helmer Yorgos Lanthimos. He’s repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group in the U.K.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.