Margot Robbie in talks to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’.

Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth in Focus Features and Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots,” opposite Saoirse Ronan.

Josie Rourke is directing the film with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin producing.

The drama is based on the true story of Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

“Mary” has yet to be greenlit, but sources say things are headed in the right direction. If greenlit, the film would likely go sometime later this year.

Following the success of big hits like “Suicide Squad” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” this latest role gives the Australian-born Robbie a prestige part to add to her portfolio. It could also have awards season potential given Focus’ track record of pushing Oscar campaigns for its releases.

Source: variety.com

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Goodbye Christopher Robin Gets Release Date!

Winnie the Pooh has been a childhood staple in the UK and U.S. for generations. A touching story of a child learning to grow up along with his stuffed animal-like friends, it was a pastoral release for English children following the harsh ravages of World War I, and to this day it remains a sentimental touchstone. However, its cost on the real Christopher Robin, and his father who invented the fictional alternative, A.A. Milne, is not as universal a tale. But it may become so with Goodbye Christopher Robin, a new film from Fox Searchlight that illuminates the author who created the famous Pooh-bear. And now that movie has a Nov. 10, 2017 release date to boot, placing it in the heart of awards season.

In Goodbye Christopher Robin, Domhnall Gleeson plays A.A. Milne, who took inspiration from his son Christopher Robin (Will Tllston) and his toys to build the magic that would become Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and all the rest of fiction’s favorite forest friends. In the shadow of that First World War, Milne and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), and their nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), find themselves swept up in international fame and notoriety thanks to these books. Yet, it will invariably have a cost on the real-life Christopher who must now grow up in the shadow of his fictional alter-ego.

The film, which is directed by Simon Curtis (Woman in Gold, My Week with Marilyn) and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan, has a release date now slated for Nov. 10. This puts it right in the heart of awards season, meaning the film looked eager to see if Gleeson and Robbie, among others, might end up on some nominating ballots in early 2018.

Source: denofgeek.com/

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Ghost in the Shell Concept Art Shows Margot Robbie As Major.

Margot Robbie was in talks to star in Ghost in the Shell at one point – and now we have the concept art to prove it. Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in Ghost in the Shell, though by now fans of the original anime/manga property are no doubt quite familiar with the controversy that has surrounded the film, with respect to its casting decisions.

It stands to reason that the same whitewashing criticisms surrounding Ghost in the Shell (and the subsequent negative impact of those complaints) would have still applied, had Robbie taken on the role of The Major rather than Johansson. Still, for those who are curious about what might have been, there’s now official concept artwork from the film available, showing Robbie as the cybernetic Major instead of Johansson.

Source: screenrant.com/ghost-shell-margot-robbie-concept-art/

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Margot Robbie to headline alternate Robin Hood universe tale Marian.

Margot Robbie is set to play Maid Marian in a new film that takes a revisionist look at Robin Hood folklore.

According to Deadline, the Suicide Squad and Wolf of Wall Street star will take on the lead in Marian, a script that was reportedly the centre of a heated bidding war. It was ultimately picked up by Sony and producers Donald De Line and Amy Pascal.

The story will follow the character after her lover Robin Hood dies as the result of a conspiracy to conquer England. She will then take up his place as leader of the resistance, taking her people into battle.

Since breaking out in The Wolf of Wall Street, Robbie has enjoyed a string of high-profile roles in The Legend of Tarzan, Focus and as Harley Quinn in last year’s DC hit Suicide Squad. It’s a character she’ll be playing again in Gotham City Sirens, a film that united various female DC villains. Robbie will next be seen in noir thriller Terminal, an AA Milne biopic and a Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya.

Marian won’t be the only Robin Hood story to hit screens with Robin Hood: Origins currently in production. Kingsman star Taron Egerton will take on the lead with Jamie Dornan, Jamie Foxx and Ben Mendelsohn in support.

Source: theguardian.com/

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Tim Minchin devastated after Dreamworks pulls pin on Larrikins.

TIM Minchin’s animated film Larrikins has been “shut down” by studio executives, according to the Aussie star.
Minchin described feeling “impotent fury and sadness” over the cancellation in a short statement published on his website.

The LA-based composer of Matilda the Musical and Groundhog Day had been set to direct the movie, which would have starred the likes of Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Rose Byrne and Naomi Watts, for Dreamworks.

The 41-year-old actor and comedian announced he would host an intimate, last-minute gig, Getting Drunk and Playing Ballards, in New York to “deal with” the recent blow.

“I’ve recently been working in 3 different continents, missing my kids a lot, sleeping too little and not playing piano enough,” he began the statement.

“And then a couple of days ago, the animated film to which I’ve dedicated the last 4 years of my life was shut down by the new studio execs.

“The only way I know how to deal with my impotent fury and sadness is to subject members of the public to the spectacle of me getting drunk and playing ballads.”

Minchin went on to say he “might act a bit bitter and spoilt” at the show.

“I suspect I won’t be very funny, I won’t be doing any stand-up, and I might act a bit bitter and spoilt,” he said.

“On the upside, the tickets are as cheap as I could make them, and I might be tempted to buy a round.”

Tickets to the show sold out shortly after he announced it.

Larrikins was set to follow the story of an uptight bilby’s adventures beyond the family burrow.

Source: couriermail.com.au

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Margot Robbie Is Completely Unrecognisable As Tonya Harding.

Newlywed Margot Robbie is back at work and has been spotted on the set of her new film, I Tonya.

The actress was looking a far cry from her usual glamorous self, dressed in character as the infamous Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.

Sporting a classic 90s look in high-waisted jeans, a blue sweater and a frizzy blonde wig, Margot also appeared to be sporting facial prosthetics to get her further into the character.

The movie will follow Harding as she trains for the 1994 winter Olympics before the infamous attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Kerrigan was attacked by a hitman hired by Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly after a training session, but he failed to break her leg and she went on to win silver in the Olympics while Harding placed 8th.

Gilloy took a plea bargain against Harding and was released from prison after just one year. Harding pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution and received three years probation, 500 hours community service, a $US160,000 fine and a lifetime ban from the sport.

I, Tonya is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2018 and also stars Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney – the role of Nancy Kerrigan is yet to be confirmed.

Source: marieclaire.com.au/

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David Ayer & Margot Robbie Reunite For All Femme DC Villain Pic ‘Gotham City Sirens’.

David Ayer will direct and produce Gotham City Sirens for Warner Bros. This is the idea that Margot Robbie pitched to the studio for an all-female DC villains movie back in May, in which she’ll make her return as Harley Quinn, the Joker’s psychotic girlfriend from Suicide Squad. Robbie will also serve as EP.

Sherlock Holmes 3 and Tomb Raider reboot scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet is being tapped to write. DC’s motion picture executives Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will also produce.

Gotham City Sirens was published by DC in 2009, and is part of the Batman: Reborn series. Paul Dini wrote it, while Guillem March illustrated. In addition to Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia feature prominently in it.

Source: deadline.com/

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MARGOT ROBBIE MIGHT BE SET TO STAR IN A NEW GUCCI BIOPIC.

Margot Robbie is being courted for a role in the long-awaited Maurizio Gucci biopic, if reports are to be believed. The film, which currently has the working title ‘Gucci’, will revolve around the assassination of Guccio Gucci’s grandson and former head of the fashion house, Maurizio, who was killed by a hitman.

Margot will presumably play his wife, Patrizia Reggiani, who ordered the hit on Maurizio after he sold his stocks in the fashion house for US$170 million. The socialite earned herself the gruesome nickname ‘The Black Widow’ after a hellish media trial and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Patrizia famously denied herself an opportunity for parole, declaring, “I’ve never worked in my life and I’m certainly not going to start now”.

The film has tapped Wong Kar-Wai (The Grandmaster, 2046) to direct, while Charles Randolph (The Big Short) has worked on the script.

Although there is no casting for Maurizio just yet, the role was attached to Leonardo DiCaprio while Ridley Scott was still directing. Angelina Jolie was tied to Patrizia, as was Penelope Cruz, at one point.

Source: harpersbazaar.com.au/

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