Margot Robbie is in Dreamland.
Ever since the actress blew the socks off Martin Scorsese and the moviegoing masses in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the Aussie has starred in a number of Hollywood tentpoles, most notably The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad, where Robbie slipped into the role of Gotham’s wicked villainess, Harley Quinn. And though David Ayer’s anti-hero pic bombed with critics, a box office haul of $745 million has been enough to warrant talk of not only a sequel, but a female-fronted spinoff in the form of Gotham City Sirens.
The latter is reportedly eyeing a theatrical release in 2019, when Ayer will once again be directing Margot Robbie from behind the lens, but The Hollywood Reporter today brings word of another project to add to the actress’ bustling slate. Its name? Dreamland, a taut thriller set during the height of The Dust Bowl (AKA the Dirty Thirties) circa 1930.
Mining inspiration from Nicolaas Zwart’s Black List script, we understand Margot Robbie has closed a deal to produce and star in Dreamland, which chronicles the story of a “15-year old boy on his quest to capture a fugitive bank robber and collect the bounty on her head, all with the goal with saving his family farm from foreclosure. 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.”
Robbie is on board to play said bank robber, with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte attached to direct. No further casting details were disclosed, but with Cannes Film Festival right around the corner, expect more news to surface very soon indeed. Behind the scenes, Automatik is involved in the production of Dreamland, which has become something of a hallmark of quality after the VFX studio had a hand in creating Midnight Special, Loving, and last year’s La La Land. We’ll be bringing you all the latest as this one begins to coalesce, so be sure to stay tuned for more.