UPDATE: Our friends at Bleeding Cool report new “Cinderella” Lily James is also in the mix, and Stone is unlikely to take the role despite repeated overtures from the studio.
Emma Stone and Margot Robbie are the newest names linked to Warner Bros’ back-on “Tarzan” reboot starring Alexander Skarsgard, according to Variety. Christoph Waltz is now being eyed for the film’s villain role as well.
The film is still awaiting a greenlight, though producers and director David Yates are expecting it to come in November with a planned summer start date, and are putting together the cast to present to the studio. Jessica Chastain had previously been sought for the Jane role but she’s probably a little too busy these days, so Robbie and Stone are reportedly among the actresses now being considered. No negotiations have begun with any of them yet, however. The new version of the Edward Rice Burroughs’ tale is set years after Tarzan has reintegrated back into human society. One day, “he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.” Samuel L. Jackson was previously reportedly being eyed for the role of the mercenary, though there’s no mention of him in the new report.
Warner Bros is clearly high on rising star Robbie, the Aussie newcomer who headlined shortlived ABC series “Pan Am.” Not only does she play the female lead in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” opposite Leonardo Dicaprio, they also recently cast her for the female lead role in grifter rom com “Focus” opposite Will Smith. Stone is always in demand and lands high profile roles left and right. After wrapping a reprisal of Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” she headed off to France to film Woody Allen’s latest film opposite Colin Firth, and is next scheduled to do Cameron Crowe’s “Deep Tiki” opposite Bradley Cooper.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who directed “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” are directing the heist project.
Margot Robbie, the Australian actress who starred in ABC’s Pan Am, has been chosen to star opposite Will Smith in Focus, a Warner Bros. heist project being directed by Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, THR has confirmed.
Focus is a two-hander about a con man who becomes romantically involved with a novice. He is then thrown off his game when the former flame shows up just as he’s staging an elaborate con in Buenos Aires.
The project has had its share of revolving doors. Requa and Ficarra originally wrote the script with Crazy, Stupid, Love stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in mind, but when the actors were unavailable, they moved to Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart. Affleck dropped out earlier in the year, and so did Stewart.
Smith came on board in April.
Robbie, who tested along with actresses including Michelle Williams and Rose Byrne, is expected to receive an official offer shortly.
She will next be seen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
“The Wolf of Wall Street”‘s Margot Robbie, “The Lone Ranger”‘s Ruth Wilson and “Rush” actress Alexandra Maria Lara have joined WWII romantic drama “Suite Francaise”, according to Deadline. Michelle Williams stars in the adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s unfinished novel of the same name opposite Matthias Schoenaerts and Sam Riley.
Saul Dibb is directing the film which follows Williams’ Lucille, a young French woman who is left in the care of her domineering mother-in-law when her husband goes off to war. She ends up falling for the German officer (Schoenaerts) assigned to guard their home. Riley will play a French officer named Benoit, but it’s unclear if he is Lucille’s husband. Kristin Scott Thomas is also part of the cast, presumably as Lucille’s mother in law. Filming began this week, with The Weinstein Company already on board to distribute. So we’re probably looking at a 2014 Oscar early entry here.
Here are two versions of the trailer for ‘About Time’! Margot is featured in the International Version.
What if you could go back in time and relive any moment in your life, in order to get it right? That’s the mind-boggling ability that 21-year old Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he possesses – thanks to a genetic trait passed down by the men on his father’s (Bill Nighy) side – in the new British romantic comedy, About Time.
About Time begins a limited release in U.S. theaters on November 1st, 2013, followed by a wider release on November 8th. Those who live in the UK get to see the movie two months earlier, when it opens on September 6th.
Garrett Hedlund is set to lead Violent Talent, a crime drama that will serve as the directorial debut of Matthew Michael Carnahan. Deadline has the story, reporting that Hedlund will be joined by Margot Robbie and Toby Kendall.
The film, which takes place in present day Chicago, follows Hedlund as Eamon, a man who, alongside his friends Angel (Kebbell) and Quan (Ahmed) plans to make a name for himself in the criminal underworld.
Violent Talent will be produced by Tracy Falco through Defender Entertainment.
AUSTRALIA’S Bella Heathcote and Margot Robbie are favourites to play Cinderella in a new Disney adaptation.
The actors were named yesterday alongside British actor Lily James as the contenders for the role in Cinderella, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Landing the job would be a coup for any of the starlets, who are all making names for themselves working their way up the Hollywood ladder. Robbie got her start on Neighbours and is best known internationally for US TV series Pan Am and will next be seen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Heathcote was also on Neighbours and was in Dark Shadows and In Time.
Initially, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Les Miserables’ Amanda Seyfried were in the mix.
Cate Blanchett is attached to the film to play Lady Madonna Tremaine, Cinderella’s evil stepmother.
With such a strong Aussie line-up, perhaps they’ll film at Sydney’s Fox Studios.
We are dying to hear who Branagh will cast as the handsome prince. Could we suggest Chris Hemsworth or his brother Liam?
Cinderella will be the latest in a long line of fairytale adaptations.