Focus Features debuted the first official photos of Margot Robbie as Queen聽Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots on Wednesday, July 11, and they鈥檙e just as remarkable as the previously released images of Saoirse Ronan as the formidable title character.

The movie, directed by Josie Rourke, explores the life of young Mary Stuart (Ronan) and her family rivalry with Elizabeth (Robbie) in the 1500s.

鈥淓ach young Queen beholds her 鈥榮ister鈥 in fear and fascination,鈥 a synopsis from the studio reads. 鈥淩ivals 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鈥檚 sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones 鈥 and change the course of history.鈥

Robbie鈥檚 transformation into Elizabeth, who ruled over England and Ireland from 1558 until her death in 1603, includes red ringlets and elaborate period costumes, such as the green corseted gown she wears in the image above, and the red coat she wears in her character poster (below), which reads 鈥淏orn to Power.鈥

Ronan鈥檚 character poster is similar in composition, but with a deep blue background to match her blue ensemble. Across her poster are the words 鈥淏orn to fight.鈥

Ronan talked to Collider in November about her character, saying, 鈥淢ary did have a lot of fun, in the earlier part of her life, but by the time she was put under house arrest for 17 years, it was a much tougher life.鈥

Despite that, Ronan said she 鈥渃ould totally identify with Mary. I found that with Mary and Elizabeth, and with any woman in power, they remind me of actors. There鈥檚 so much hand-shaking that you need to do. There鈥檚 a public persona that Mary had to put on with people, and she had to have so much strength from such an early age, and that鈥檚 something I could totally identify with, being someone who鈥檚 grown up doing this earlier than you would usually. She was thrown into that world very young, too.鈥

The Lady Bird star also spoke about immersing herself in the role, saying, 鈥淚t was so brilliant. I was chatting with one of the other actors and saying, 鈥榃hen I鈥檓 on set, I鈥檓 still me!鈥 And he said, 鈥楴o, you鈥檙e Mary! You鈥檙e still nice, but you鈥檙e Mary.'鈥

Mary Queen of Scots also features Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce. It hits theaters on December 7.

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(photos via Parisa Tag/Focus Features + Focus Features)