Date School: According to Variety, Bryce Dallas Howard, who made her bigscreen debut starring for M. Night Shyamalan in The Village, is about to be coronated.

Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, will play the title role in Warner Independent Pictures historical drama Mary Queen of Scots.

Scripted by Jimmy McGovern (Priest), the film will chronicle the rise to power of the Catholic queen. Pic was put together by Scott Free and the BBC, with Ridley Scott and David Thompson involved in producing capacities.

WIP selected Howard and the negotiations are close to being completed. The studio is about to hire a director and will shoot the film beginning in March in Europe.

Howard takes the crown after replacing Nicole Kidman as Grace in Danish director Lars Von Trier's Manderlay, the follow-up to Dogville. Howard was just named to receive the Rising Star Award at the upcoming Palm Springs Film Festival.