Paramount Vantage is finishing negotiations on the domestic rights to Phillip Noyce's Mary Queen of Scots. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jimmy McGovern wrote the screenplay to the epic motion picture that will star Scarlett Johansson.

Johansson will portray the 16th century monarch who had an antagonistic relationship with Queen Elizabeth I of England and was eventually beheaded. Johansson's mother and manager Melanie Johansson will produce Mary Queen of Scots with Alexandra Milchan.

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Paramount Vantage has not announced when they plan to start production on Mary Queen of Scots.