Andrea Berloff will adapt Marisa Lankester’s memoir about her role in an offshore gambling empire
dangeorus-oddsWarner Bros. is in exclusive negotiations to acquire “Dangerous Odds,” a red-hot package featuring Margot Robbie as Marisa Lankester, a beautiful insider within the world of illegal sports betting, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap at Sundance.
Warner Bros. and CAA did not immediately respond to late-night requests for comment.
Andrea Berloff (“World Trade Center”) will adapt Lankester’s memoir of the same name that chronicles her role in the creation of the first offshore gambling empire, which had ties to the mob.
Lankester helped move the business from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to the Dominican Republic, where gambling is legal. There, she became a victim of a dangerous world of corruption, as she was repeatedly raped by a general in the secret police and imprisoned in a “medieval hellhole.” The story has a happy ending though, as she escaped and moved to Switzerland.
Film 360 and Robbie and Berloff’s reps at CAA and Management 360 have been running the auction since Wednesday, and multiple buyers in Park City told TheWrap that the project was definitely heading to Warner Bros., which has a lot invested in Robbie’s thriving career.
Ahead of bringing Harley Quinn to the screen in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film, Margot Robbie admits “it’s a challenge”.
The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie has no small amount of pressure on her shoulders right now, as she’s set to be the first person to deliver a live action take on one of Batman’s most popular foes of recent times. She’s landed the role of Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie, and in a new chat with MTV, she’s been talking about taking the role on.
“I guess it’s intimidating because there’s obviously a lot of people I want to please, and a character I have to do justice. But it’s a challenge. I’m definitely up for it, and hopefully I don’t disappoint”, she said.
That said, there’s still some way to go before she steps onto set as Harley Quinn for the first time. “We’re still pretty far off”, she said, noting that “I’m actually shooting a movie before that. So my focus is kind of on that at the moment. We haven’t really got into the logistics of everything yet”.
The movie she’s scheduled before Suicide Squad is likely to be The Taliban Shuffle, for her Focus directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (they also helmed Crazy Stupid Love, amongst others). Suicide Squad, meanwhile, is set to start filming later this year, ahead of its August 2016 release.
One of the movies that has a ton of heat already focused on it even before the Sundance Film Festival begins is “Z For Zachariah.” Chris Pine, a brunette Margot Robbie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in this story that takes place “in the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization,” according to the official synopsis. “Two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally-charged love triangle as the last known survivors.”
Craig Zobel’s last film that played here, “Compliance,” was a cold-blooded and intensely well-made look at a true story that still gives me chills when I think about it. I am a huge fan of his first feature film, “Great World Of Sound,” as well, and I am excited to see anything Zobel makes.
Today, we’ve got an exclusive debut for you of the first clip from the film. In it, we see a tender moment between these three friends, presumably as they’re starting to settle into this strange new world of theirs.
Check it out embedded at the top of this story. What gets me is that look from Ejiofor at the end of the clip, just as it fades to black. Things are not going to go well between those three. I’m also struck by how transformative something as simple as hair color is on Robbie. She’s a lovely young woman, but looking at her here, I don’t see even a hint of the Duchess, her character from “Wolf Of Wall Street.” I have a feeling Robbie is someone we’re going to be watching for many, many years to come.
And fingers crossed this is a great role for Chris Pine. I thought he was amazing in Joe Carnahan’s “Stretch,” but no one saw the film. Pine is too interesting to be locked down only doing big Hollywood action movies. There is a stealth freak hiding in there, and I want to see more and more filmmakers try to push him to new places onscreen.
She’s been Down Under for the last month, and Margot Robbie is making the most of her time in Australia.
After spending time with family in her hometown in Queensland, the blonde beauty jetted to the picturesque Whitsunday Islands with boyfriend Tom Ackerley.
Seen on the social media account of her beau and their friends, Margot looked over the moon during her time at what appeared to be a couple’s retreat over the New Year.
The 24-year-old Wolf Of Wall Street starlet is seen donning a one-piece swimsuit in one shot, curling up next to a similarly clad friend.
Margot and Tom, who have been dating for around seven months, are seen alongside six of their chums in two different group shots, one of which was captioned ‘Whitehaven Prom photo’ by their friend Gareth.
Pictures from the getaway were uploaded as early as December 29 – it appears the former Neighbours actress brought the new year in at the Whitsundays.
A video of the crew was also shot, with the friends showing off their synchronised diving skills as they lunge off a boat into the island’s crystal blue waters.
Margot, who resides in London, touched down in Sydney in early December, flew up to Queensland to see family and has since returned to Sydney.
On Monday she was seen indulging in some retail therapy, taking advantage of some shopping sales at Alice McCall.
QUEENSLAND golden girl Margot Robbie is making the most of her summer vacation back in Australia.
The 24-year-old beauty is on a break from filming the role of Jane in the upcoming adventure flick Tarzan opposite Alexander Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson and has filled her days with trips to the beach and dining out with friends.
Last week she met up with rumoured boyfriend Tom Ackerley for a getaway to Byron Bay.
The pair hit the waves with Ackerley showing off his skills on the board.
Robbie, who grew up on the Gold Coast, dressed in a mismatched bikini under high-cut denim shorts and a white sleeveless shirt, was spotted body surfing but didn’t get up on the board.
This week she continued her downtime with a long dinner with friends at Tartufo restaurant in the Valley.
Ackerley, who also works in the film industry as an assistant director, is taking time off from filming in Morocco for the upcoming television movie Odyssey.
Robbie will return to work in the US soon where she is expected to play a journalist recounting her experiences covering warzones in Afghanistan and Pakistan in The Taliban Shuffle.
It was a night filled with laughter and fine food when the Gold Coast-born actor dined at Tartufo in Fortitude Valley with five friends, just hours after the announcement that she was in the running for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Tartufo owner and executive chef Tony Percuoco was full of compliments for the Wolf of Wall Street star.
“She was seriously gorgeous in every way,” Mr Percuoco said.
Fresh-faced Robbie looked effortlessly chic in a simple white summer dress.
“It was just like any group of girlfriends,” Mr Percuoco said.
The talented Robbie was announced as one of five finalists for the Rising Star Award.
She will battle it out with Unbroken star Jack O’Connell, Shailene Woodley from The Fault in Our Stars, Belle actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Whiplash star Miles Teller for the gong.
Robbie is the first Australian female to be nominated for the award, which has been handed out since 2006.
Australian actress Margot Robbie and I Am Legend star, Will Smith smoulder in the brand new trailer for 2015 movie, Focus.
Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie).
As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off in the movie, which is slated for Focus is slated for release on February 27.
YOU can take the girl out of Queensland, but you can’t take Queensland out of the girl.
A barefoot Margot Robbie wandered out of her parents’ Gold Coast home yesterday, clearly enjoying the Australian sunshine.
The actress, who is set to star in the Hollywood films Tarzan and Suicide Squad (opposite Will Smith, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne), clearly has not let movie fame go to her head.
Her personal mode of transport while at home was a far cry from a limousine. Instead she opted for a little family runaround, with P-plates firmly in place.
The 24-year-old, who appeared opposite Leonardo Di Caprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street, has been enjoying her downtime with her friends in Australia and attended a wedding on the weekend.
Among the other lists to be revealed Tuesday is the Top 10 Breakout Stars, which features actors entering the annual Top 100 for the first time. No. 1 on the Breakout list is Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), who is also No. 3 in the Top 10. After her Wolf performance as DiCaprio’s eye-catching wife, “Everyone came on the site to say, ‘Who the heck is that?’ ” says Simanton.
IMDb’s Top 10 Stars of 2014*
1. Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars)
2. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay)
3. Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)
4. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
5. Scarlett Johansson (Lucy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
6. Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
7. Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay, The Equalizer)
8. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
9. Emma Stone (Birdman, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
10. Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire)
Top 10 Breakout Stars*
1. Margot Robbie
2. Nicola Peltz
3. Rosamund Pike
4. Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie)
5. Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)
6. Theo James (Divergent)
7. Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
8. Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black)
9. Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
10. Jamie Dornan (2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey)
*List determined by total page views in 2014
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto are officially set to star in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday.
Also cast in the movie based on the DC Entertainment villains-forced-to-be-heroes are Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne. Much of the castings have been previously reported, but the studio also confirmed which characters the actors will play.
Smith will play Deadshot, best known as a Batman villain, while Hardy plays the group’s leader, Rick Flagg.
Leto will take on the Joker, while Robbie will play Harley Quinn, his on-and-off girlfriend. Courtney will be Boomerang, while Delevingne, the model-turned-actress who is also in Warners’ Pan tentpole, will play Enchantress, a sorceress.
David Ayer is writing the script as well as directing.
Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are producing. Exec producing are Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, who are already shepherding many of the DC movies, as well as Colin Wilson and DC’s COO Geoff Johns.
Jesse Eisenberg, who was rumored to be involved with the movie, is not part of the official team, nor the official cast, according to sources. But that does not rule out a cameo appearance for him or other actors playing villains or heroes in the Warners’ other DC-based movies.
“The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one,” said Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, in the announcement.
“David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara,” Silverman continued. “We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
The movie has a release date of Aug. 5, 2016.