July 13 (UPI) -- Ronan plays Mary Stuart, who was crowned queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18. The film follows her as she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne, but finds Scotland and England under the rule of her cousin Elizabeth I, played by Robbie.
"Each young queen beholds her 'sister' in fear and fascination," a synopsis said. "Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones -- and change the course of history."
Ronan, 24, and Robbie, 28, were Oscar nominees earlier this year for their performances in Lady Bird and I, Tonya respectively.