FORMER “Neighbours” starlet Margot Robbie may have had a bit of bad luck, with her airline TV series Pan Am being axed in the US.
But the up-and-coming actress, currently shooting comedy movie About Time with Rachael McAdams in England, is being tipped for one of the year’s biggest film roles.
The 21-year-old Melbourne local is reportedly in final talks with producers of the much-buzzed-about Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf Of Wall Street – opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
According to industry website Deadline, Robbie is tipped to play the female lead in the film that stars DiCaprio as the real-life (and now reformed) booze-swilling, drug-inhaling Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort.
It’s understood Robbie is likely to play Belfort’s wife Nadine, with Jonah Hill and French Oscar winner Jean Dujardin already confirmed for co-starring roles.
If successful, the role would make a huge turning point for Robbie, who landed on the Hollywood radar on Pan Am, which aired briefly last year before getting the chop by US network ABC.
Contacted yesterday, her Australian manager Aran Michael wouldn’t comment on the film role, saying: “There’s nothing I can say about it at this stage.”
But it’s understood Robbie is close to sealing the deal, which would propel her to new heights and continue an impressive history of Australian actors making the leap to Hollywood stardom. The Wolf of Wall Street has been one of the most coveted projects since the release of the memoir of the same name.
It chronicles the rise and fall of the Wall Street hot-shot – and his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life that included drug and alcohol addiction. Production is scheduled to begin in August in New York.