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Australian actress Margot Robbie is in talks to play Jane in the upcoming Tarzan. -- AFP
The Wolf Of Wall Street actress is also in the running to star in another film.
Hot off a star-making performance as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in The Wolf Of Wall Street, Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Jane in David Yates’ Tarzan, TheWrap has learned. She is also in talks to replace Amanda Seyfried in Craig Zobel’s Z For Zachariah. Representatives for both films did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Robbie plans to shoot Zachariah before taking on Warner Bros’ big-budget remake of the classic Tarzan, which is slated to star Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L.Jackson, according to individuals with knowledge of her schedule.
Warner’s go-to Harry Potter filmmaker Yates is directing the adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels about the King of the Jungle, with Skarsgard in the title role.
Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche are producing, while Mike Richardson will executive produce with Yates. Warner Bros executive Jesse Ehrman will oversee the project on behalf of the studio, which plans to start production this summer. The studio is already high on Robbie, who stars opposite Will Smith in Warner’s con artist movie Focus. Z For Zachariah is a psychological thriller that Nissar Modi adapted from Robert O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic novel.
Michael Benaroya is fully financing the picture, which is expected to star Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe will produce through their Material Pictures banner alongside Zik Zak Filmworks’ Skuli Malmquist and Thor Sigurjonsson, as well as Palomar Pictures’ Joni Sighvatsson.
Robbie is in negotiations to play a young woman who believes she’s the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, though she comes to learn she is not alone when two strangers wander onto her farm from the forest.
Zachariah was initially supposed to start filming in August 2013 before production was delayed until November, when Ejiofor was in the midst of an important Oscar campaign for 12 Years A Slave. That, in addition to several other factors, delayed production until early 2014.
That delay forced Seyfried to drop out of the project to film Fathers And Daughters with Russell Crowe, after which she’ll star alongside Rebel Wilson in the Universal comedy, He’s F-ing Perfect.
Robbie next co-stars alongside Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts and Kristin Scott Thomas in the Weinstein Company’s romantic drama Suite Francaise. The stunning Australian actress got her start on the Aussie series Neighbours before landing the lead in the short-lived ABC series Pan Am. In addition to playing the “Duchess of Bay Ridge” in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated Wolf Of Wall Street, Robbie recently appeared in Richard Curtis’ About Time. — Reuters
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