Dwayne Johnson. Alicia Vikander. Margot Robbie. It’s a trio that are among the most sought-after actors in Hollywood right now, and lately we’ve seen them all upping their stock by nabbing producing credits on a handful of projects. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word of an interesting new vehicle for the latter.
It’s called Bad Monkeys, a thriller novel penned by Matt Ruff that has now found a home at Universal Pictures, with Robbie’s own LuckyChap Entertainment banner attached as well.
Taking point as Jane Charlotte, the so-hot-right-now actress will play a woman wrongfully accused and arrested for murder. In her defence, Charlotte claims that she’s part of a clandestine organization built to ward off evil from the shadows called Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons (AKA Bad Monkeys), and the remainder of the novel asks whether Jane Charlotte is lying through her teeth, losing her marbles or, more intriguingly, telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
It still early doors for Bad Monkeys but already, the nascent project has piqued our curiosity. Scott Stuber (Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (War of the Planet of the Apes) are attached to produce, with further casting news expected to emerge in the coming months.
Margot Robbie is, of course, part of the star-studded ensemble that make up Warner’s Suicide Squad. She’s currently on screens opposite Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan, with roles across Terminal, figure skating drama I, Tanya and the as-yet-untitled, female-fronted Harley Quinn spinoff.