Saoirse Ronan talks to STV about plans to star as Mary Queen Of Scots

Saoirse Ronan, star of Atonement, Hanna and The Lovely Bones, is set to star in a new movie as one of Scotland’s best known historical figures.

The 18-year-old Irish actor, who plays the lead role in this month’s much anticipated The Host (by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer), is going to play Mary Queen of Scots in a new film adaptation.

Saoirse talked about her upcoming role to STV while promoting the well received Neil Jordan vampire film Byzantium at the Glasgow Film Festival.

She told us: “I’m hopefully going to be playing Mary Queen of Scots in the second half of the year, and I’m really looking forward to it, just coming back to Scotland.”

A 1971 film Mary, Queen of Scots had Vanessa Redgrave in the lead role, while 2007’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age featured Samantha Morton playing the figure.

Saoirse added: “Scottish history is fascinating, and it’s very similar to Irish history.

“When I read the script, and I started reading up a little bit about Mary, I found it really touched a nerve, because it’s very similar to what we went through as well. So I really hope it works out, I’d love to play her.”

Watch the video above to see more of Saoirse talking about the film.