ACTRESS Saoirse Ronan is set to star in a new movie as one of Scotland's best-known historical figures, Mary Queen of Scots.
The 18-year-old (pictured) has been lined up in the lead role for the Michael Hirst-scripted period drama, due to begin shooting later this year.
The Carlow teenager told of her excitement to take on the part.
"I'm hopefully going to be playing Mary Queen of Scots in the second half of the year.
"I really hope it works out, I'd love to play her."
Ronan, whose first TV role was on RTE's 'The Clinic', has cemented herself as a star outside Ireland including an Oscar nomination for her performance in 'Atonement'