Sure, perhaps Margot Robbie wouldn’t be the first actress to spring to mind to play the steadfast, so-called ‘virgin queen’ Queen Elizabeth I, the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.
But that – as ever – has not stopped movie buffs from giving one of Hollywood’s most recent casting decisions a bit of a kicking.
The ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ star is to play Elizabeth in the forthcoming ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ movie, with the excellent Saoirse Ronan in the lead.
The Josie Rourke-directed movie will tell the story of how Mary Stuart, after a brief stint as the queen consort of France, had laid claim to her cousin Elizabeth’s throne,
and was later executed for her trouble, but not before an 18-year stint in prison.
And while it’s not 100% greenlit – with Robbie ‘in negotiations’ as we speak – it’s not stopped folk giving their two cents.
It’s fair to say there’s a bit of scepticism out there too…
things that would make a better elizabeth i than margot robbie: a bowl of mashed potatoes, a grey sock, almost any other actress etc. etc.
— Andrea (@bethwoodvilles) April 22, 2017
First Emma Watson as Belle and now Margot Robbie as Elizabeth. Fml.
— ✨ (@xLosingFaith) April 23, 2017
Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth? ….. yeah right..????…???? @GraceRandolph
— MovieGeekDutch;-) (@BertVedder) April 23, 2017
— Midgardian Nerd (@_captain_jay) April 22, 2017
I swear to effing God I would rather get my ears hacked off with a rusty saw than sit through Margot Robbie playing Queen Elizabeth I.
— Charlotte Tigwell ???? (@Charlotte_Tee) April 22, 2017
saoirse ronan as mary stuart and margot robbie as queen elizabeth pic.twitter.com/iqcsYqjAd9
— tori (2017) (@grinchhands) April 23, 2017
Love Margot Robbie but I legit don't give a fuss about this next film they're making about Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots.
— andie bansil. (@technicolorist) April 22, 2017
It’s not all merciless mockery, of course. Some fans are well up for it.
iconic queen margot robbie gonna play one of the most iconic queens of all times. im here for it
— karla-el (@mansofsteeI) April 24, 2017
@MargotRobbie to b Queen Elizabeth I in movie about Mary Queen of Scots? that would b awesome love her❣️????????????❤️
— Raiders 4 Life (@RaiderXman) April 22, 2017
By some rather stark contrast, Robbie is currently starring in the biopic ‘Goodbye Christopher Robbin’, playing the wife of Winnie the Pooh writer A.A. Milne.
Robbie shot to fame in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, and was more recently seen as fan-favourite super-villain sidekick Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’. The Aussie star is set to reprise the role in the ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel, and a female-led spin-off ‘Gotham City Sirens’.