Actress Margot Robbie has gone from Ramsay Street to Hollywood and has the world at her feet. She was nominated for an Oscar for I, Tonya, which she also produced, and she was in Australia to talk about her latest film, Peter Rabbit. She sat down last week with 7.30’s Mon Schafter who used to work with Margot on the set of Neighbours.
Margot Robbie To Produce Female-Focused Shakespearean Drama Series With ‘Secrets & Lies’ Producer & ABC Studios Int’l.
Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment (I, Tonya) is partnering with the Australian Broadcasting Company, Aussie production company Hoodlum (Secrets & Lies) and ABC Studios International on a new ten-part series, retelling the work of Shakespeare from female perspectives. The project, currently in development, will be produced in Australia, with filming expected to begin in 2018.
The untitled project will be led by a female creative team who will produce ten standalone episodes, each based on a celebrated work of Shakespeare updated to comment on our modern, global society. The project falls under the first-look deal between Hoodlum and ABC Studios International.
Hoodlum, LuckyChap and ABC Studios International will work with female writers/writer directors to update the Bard’s works with unique and distinct voices, and reflect different cultures and areas. Series Concept Creator Giula Sandler (Nowhere Boys) will work across the series and will also write one episode.
“We are thrilled about this Australian partnership as an opportunity to showcase unique, distinctly female voices in writing, and to demonstrate the high quality of the Australian film and television industry,” LuckyChap said in a statement.” The project will share diverse points of view, from writers representing the different cultures and areas within Australia, which many would not readily associate with works of Shakespeare.”
Robbie and Brett Hedblom will executive produce via LuckyChap with Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, Keli Lee from ABC Studios International and Sally Riley from ABC (Australia). Aran Michael from Aran Michael Management is an associate producer.
“The ABC is thrilled to be able to develop this locally produced drama in partnership with LuckyChap Entertainment, Hoodlum and ABC Studios International,” said David Anderson, Director of Entertainment and Specialist for the ABC. “The ABC is dedicated to delivering high quality, relevant storytelling free to all Australians. We are excited that this female-led team celebrates strong female creative talent, transforming traditional classic tales from a very different era into modern and culturally diverse stories.”
Tracey Robertson from Hoodlum said: “This project will bring together leading and emerging female voices in Australian screen to re-imagine Shakespeare in a modern context. We’re delighted to partner with ABC, ABC Studios International and LuckyChap on such an ambitious and exciting project. This is an incredibly original and bold approach for a Television series and I can’t wait to see the stories that will emerge.”
“ABC Studios International is thrilled to be a partner in this unique project, added Keli Lee, Managing Director at ABC Studios International. “This production is a chance to create something classic yet boldly original and modern. The works of Shakespeare are iconic and this will present them in a way they’ve never been seen before.”
ABC Studios International, Hoodlum and the ABC previously teamed on crime drama series Harrow, which was co-created by Secrets & Lies writer Stephen M. Irwin and producer Leigh McGrath and written by Irwin.
LuckyChap was behind I, Tonya. After its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Neon and 30WEST jointly acquired the title for $5M and churned out close to $30M at the domestic B.O. as well as three Oscar noms for Robbie as Best Actress, Allison Janney for Supporting Actress and Best Film Editing, with Janney winning. LuckyChap recently produced the Vaughn Stein-directed title Terminal starring Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, and also completed Dreamland starring the actress and Travis Fimmel. The label also recently sold the comedy Dollface to Hulu. Back in December it was announced that LuckyChap closed a two-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television.
Disney Media Distribution will handle international distribution of the series outside of Australia.
The upcoming noir thriller, Terminal, follows two hitmen, Max Irons (The Riot Club) and Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), who take a risky job from a mysterious but high-paying client. Complications ensue when they encounter Annie (Margot Robbie), a “dynamic woman” who may be more connected to the job than they know.
Femme fetale Robbie narrates the mysterious first trailer in a sinister, mischievous voice and alludes to being “mad as a hatter.” Watch the teaser below.
First-time director Vaughn Stein helms Terminal, which also features the onscreen return of Mike Myers and Simon Pegg. The film is scheduled to arrive on May 11th via RLJE Films.
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Margot has come back to her homeland, this time for the Premiere of her other movie released this year, “Peter Rabbit”.
Photos from todays Premiere and yesterdays press day are added to the gallery!
This report from Dailymail.uk:
Margot Robbie has revealed she signed up for Peter Rabbit in the hopes that she would get a ‘free ticket home’.
But despite several live-action scenes being filmed in Sydney, the Oscar-nominated actress was told she’d be doing her parts in Los Angeles.
She told The Daily Telegraph on Saturday: ‘I’ve wanted to shoot something in Australia for so long, so I’m like, sign me up!’
‘Free ticket home, time with my family and then they were like, “Um, you’re actually going to do your parts in LA!” And I was like, No!’
Despite filming her scenes in the US, Margot was still pleased with how Peter Rabbit – which is based on the Beatrix Potter books – had a very Australian feel.
‘There is a lot of Australian pride connected with this film. Parts of it were shot in Australia (and) there are a lot of Australian cast members,’ she explained.
Deadline broke last July 11 that Quentin Tarantino had met with Margot Robbie and asked her to play Sharon Tate in his next film. She now has the offer and negotiations are underway to make it a reality. Robbie, who’s coming off her Oscar-nominated turn in the title role of I, Tonya, will join Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
As Tarantino continues to set a killer ensemble, Sony Pictures has dated the film for an August 9, 2019 release worldwide. The film is a Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry set in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood, around the time of the murder of Tate and several others in a killing spree ordered by Charles Manson.
The two other lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. In the film Tate is Rick’s very famous next door neighbor.
Robbie is repped by CAA, Management 360, Aran Michael Management and Jackoway Tyerman.
Warner Bros. has been mum about the development of “Suicide Squad 2” in recent months. If a recent report is anything to go by, however, it looks like the studio is already starting to shoot the much-awaited sequel this fall in the U.K.
While the first “Suicide Squad” movie was a critical failure, it was one of Warner Bros.’ most successful films in 2016. The film finished its run with more than $750 million international revenue, so it wasn’t surprising when the studio announced that it was going to give it a sequel. Since the announcement, however, fans have barely heard anything about the project.
Previous reports claimed that Warner Bros. was having a hard time moving forward with the sequel due to Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s challenging schedules. Apparently, filming for the sequel could not begin without the two, who played Deadshot and Harley Quinn, respectively, in the original film.
Now, a new report reveals that the “Suicide Squad” production is finally moving forward as Warner Bros. plans to start shooting the film in the U.K. this fall. The U.K. filming location makes sense since Warner Bros. has a major studio there that has already been home to previous major DC productions. Since “Wonder Woman 2” is also reportedly shooting in the same studio, it’s possible that “Suicide Squad 2” will start shooting after the production of the “Wonder Woman” sequel wraps.
Warner’s decision to move “Suicide Squad 2’s” shooting location to the U.K. is reportedly part of its plan to ramp up DC productions. The first “Suicide Squad” was filmed in Toronto, Canada, so moving its location to the U.K. must be a major switch.
Meanwhile, details about “Suicide Squad 2” are still kept under wraps, but it is expected to see the return of the main cast. There have also been rumors that Dwayne Johnson might make his debut in the film as Black Adam, but Warner Bros. has yet to confirm that.
“Suicide Squad 2” is expected for release next year.
Australian actress Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, I, Tonya) is set to return to Sydney to attend the Australian premiere of the upcoming film Peter Rabbit. She’ll be joined by director, producer and writer Will Gluck (Easy A, Annie) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager) who voices Mopsy in the film.
The screening will take place on 17th March 2018 at Hoyts EQ in Moore Park, Sydney.
Joining Margot, Debicki and Will include stars from both the big and small screens, who will walk the grass green carpet, transformed to take attendees in Mr. McGregor’s forbidden vegetable garden, and the world of Peter Rabbit.
Stars planning to attend include producer and CEO of Animal Logic Zareh Nalbandian, Executive Producer Jodi Hildebrand and actors Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds), Sacha Horler (Offspring), Felix Williamson (The Great Gatsby), Jodi Anasta (Home and Away), Tasma Walton (Mystery Road), and TV presenters and personalities Ita Buttrose, Deborah Knight, Sarah Harris, Tanya Hennessy, Roxy Jacenko and David Koch.
Peter Rabbit will then hop over from the beloved series of story books to the big screen in Australian theatres on 22nd March 2018.
Margot made her appearance on the red carpet of the 90th Academy Awards in California with her mother. Congrats to Allison Jennay again winning in her category for best supporting actress. Margot unfortunatly didnt win an oscar, with Frances McDormand once again winning the award for Best Actress. Heres Margot interviewed on the red carpet and added photos to the gallery.
Plus I have also added photos from a pre Oscars event from the 3rd of March.
Margot attended the Film Independent Spirit Awards. She was also a presenter with Timothée Chalamet.
Unfortunatly again Margot lost out on the Lead Female award to Frances McDormand. However good news for Allison Janney who won another award for her best supporting female role. And Tatiana S. Riegel won for best editing. Lets hope Margot takes it where it counts, at the Oscars!