Queen Mary won’t pay a king’s ran­som

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

THERE’S some­thing about Mary: a new film about the Queen of Scots will be shot in Scot­land later this year, with dou­ble Os­car nom­i­nee Saoirse Ro­nan as the tragic monarch.

The biopic has taken a long and scenic route to the screen: for five years it was a pet pro­ject for Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, then Saorise, pic­tured, played lady-in-wait­ing for another four years be­fore get­ting the green light to play Mary Stuart.

Re­mark­ably, the movies have never had a Queen of Scots played by a Scot. Be­sides Ir­ish star Saorise, the queen has been played by English Rose Vanessa Red­grave, al­lAmer­i­can Katharine Hepburn and French-born Camille Rutherford.

Still there are roles for Scots avail­able, with a call go­ing out this week in Ed­in­burgh for hun­dreds of film ex­tras. Just don’t ex­pect to take home a king’s ran­som: the film’s bud­get is $25mil­lion, not $250mil­lion, as re­ported else­where.

Sur­pris­ingly even Scot­land’s film stu­dio lobby group The As­so­ci­a­tion Of Film Prac­ti­tion­ers failed to recog­nise that $25mil­lion is what it cost to make El­iz­a­beth The Golden Age, with Cate Blanchett as El­iz­a­beth I (and English ac­tress Sa­man­tha Morton as Mary). $250mil­lion buys you block­busters like Jurassic World or Avengers As­sem­ble, not a pe­riod pic­ture with a tal­ented but low-pro­file cast.

Al­though I would def­i­nitely go and see Mary, Queen of Jurassic World.

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