Phil Noyce Crowns Scarlett Queen

Phillip Noyce is set to direct and Scarlett Johansson to star in costume drama “Mary Queen of Scots” for Capitol Films and Relativity reports Variety.

The feature is a biography of the woman who became Scotland’s queen at nine months in 1542 and, later, a rival to the English throne.

Mary, a Roman Catholic, was imprisoned for many years on charges of plotting to murder Elizabeth the First, a Protestant. Elizabeth eventually had her beheaded in 1587.

James McGovern (“Crackers”) wrote the script, and Melanie Johansson and Alexandra Milchan will produce. It will shoot in London and Scotland starting in April.

Samantha Morton played the role of Mary in last year’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” whilst Johannson stars in “The Other Boleyn Girl” later this year playing Mary Boleyn, the aunt of Elizabeth the First.