I, Tonya Debuts First Full Length Trailer: See Margot Robbie as Disgraced Figure Skater Tonya Harding.

Margot Robbie is skating on thin ice in the first full-length trailer for I, Tonya, a dark comedy about the Tonya Harding Olympic scandal.

Debuted on Wednesday, the trailer comes as Oscar buzz continues to grow around her performance. The film also earned rave reviews when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

I, Tonya opens in N.Y.C and Los Angeles on December 8.

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Elizabeth Banks, Margot Robbie’s ‘Paper Bag Princess’ Lands at Universal.

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Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to “The Paper Bag Princess” and sees the bestselling children’s book as a possible directing vehicle for Elizabeth Banks, Variety has learned. Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), who is producing the project with Banks, may appear in the film. Katie Silberman (“Set It Up”) is attached to write the screenplay.

Bidding on the project was heated, with Warner Bros. also circling the film, according to sources. The book is written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It centers on a princess whose castle and the royal wardrobe it houses are destroyed by a dragon on the eve of her wedding. Her fiancee is also captured. Wearing nothing more than a paper bag, the princess gives chase. The book has a strong feminist strain, upending the old damsel in distress cliches. Since its publication in 1980, “The Paper Bag Princess” has been reprinted 90 times and sold more than 10 million copies.

It makes sense that Banks would opt for Universal. The studio is home to her Brownstone Productions and has backed the “Pitch Perfect” series, which the actress helped launch. Banks will produce the new film for Brownstone with Max Handelman. Other producers on the family-friendly picture include Robbie and Tom Ackerley, who will back the project through their label LuckyChap Entertainment. Bryan Unkeless from Clubhouse Pictures and Dan Krech are also listed as producers.

Brownstone is backing the third installment in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, which hits theaters on Dec. 22. LuckyChap releases “I, Tonya,” starring Robbie, on Dec. 8. “The Paper Bag Princess” with its strong heroine also sounds like a match for Brownstone and Banks, both of whom are backing female driven films and shows, such as the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” reboot with Kristen Stewart attached as one of the crime fighters.

Banks is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. Robbie and LuckyChap are represented by CAA, Management 360, and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Silberman is represented by CAA, MXN Entertainment, and Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light, LLP.

Universal Vice President of Production Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio.

Source: variety.com/

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Margot Robbie in talks to star in film about Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner.

Margot Robbie is in talks to star in a film about Hugh Hefner – years after turning down his offer to appear in Playboy.

Hefner, who died last month aged 91, was a huge fan of the Hollywood actress and wanted her to appear in his magazine, saying: “She should be in Playboy! Send her a message!”

At the time Margot declined and said she had “put her family through enough”. But now she is in talks with director Brett Ratner to play one of Hef’s wives in new film Rush Hour alongside her Suicide Squad co-star Jared Leto, who will play the US tycoon.

A source said: “Margot turned the offer down before but this is different. She’s considering it.”

Jared is also keen to secure a top role in the film for Margot, who starred in The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film source added: “Jared is working on the movie with his buddy Brett and they’re really pushing for Margot to have a major role. She’s perfect for a part and he’s not going to give up until she accepts.”

Hugh was married three times – first to student Mildred Williams in 1949, who had two children with him, then in 1989 to Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad, 36 years his junior.

She had two sons with him before they split in 1998. In 2012 he married Playmate of the Month Crystal Harris.

It is not clear which of the wives Margot would play.

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Margot Robbie to star in, produce ‘Dreamland’ in New Mexico.

Margot Robbie is returning to New Mexico.

This time, she’s starring in and producing “Dreamland,” a project under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. She was last in New Mexico filming 2016’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

According to the New Mexico Film Office, production will begin mid-October and run through mid-November.

“We’re proud to see another production choose New Mexico,” said Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “New Mexico’s deep talent pool, one-of-a-kind landscapes and powerful incentives make our state the perfect place to bring a production.”

“Dreamland,” set in the 1930s, follows Eugene Evans, whose family farm is on the precipice of foreclosure amid the devastation of the Dust Bowl.

Evans is on a quest to capture a fugitive bank robber, played by Robbie, and collect the bounty on her head.

Against all odds, he beats out the FBI and the local police to find her, only to discover that she’s far more than what the authorities claim her to be.

“The production will employ approximately 100 New Mexico crew members, approximately 18 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 225 New Mexico background talent,” the film office released.

According to Elizabeth Gabel, who is casting the film, the production is looking for men with 1930s hair to work as police officers. It is also looking for square dancers for a scene at Eaves Movie Ranch, just south of Santa Fe.

Production will take place in Albuquerque, Belen, Las Vegas and Santa Fe.

The project is also produced by Romulus Entertainment and Automatik Entertainment. It is directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, and produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Rian Cahill, Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara and Brad Feinstein.

Source: abqjournal.com/

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