Australian ingénue Margot Robbie won loads of attention last year as the trophy wife of the titular Wolf of Wall Street. She's already lined up a full slate of follow-ups, but rumor has it her next endeavor could be a political comedy with the one and only Tina Fey.
The crew over at Schmoes Know claims to have an insider on the developing Tina Fey vehicle, Taliban Shuffle. The comedy based on the Kim Barker's wartime memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan seems to have rolled into casting the funny lady's co-stars. Reportedly Margot Robbie is a frontrunner for a role alongside the 30 Rock creator/star. No details on what role Robbie might play have been given at this time.
Tina Fey will produce and headline Taliban Shuffle. In the film, she's set to portray the book's author Kim Barker, who was sent on assignment to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2002. This proved the start of a complicated relationship with the tumultuous regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan and their people. While this might sound like a harrowing experience, Barker's book has been praised for finding the humor and heart in her own fish-out-of-water tale. Taliban Shuffle's adapted screenplay was penned by a long-time Fey collaborator, Robert Carlock, who memorably wrote for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.
We first got word of this project earlier this year when Fey signed on to star and produce. SNL leader Lorne Michaels has also been announced as a producer on the pic. A few months passed before Taliban Shuffle landed a helmer. Well, actually, it landed two. At the end of June, the directing gig went to Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writing/directing duo behind I Love You Phillip Morris, Bad Santa and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Giving this Robbie rumor some validity is that Ficarra and Requa just wrapped on Focus with her. The crime-centered rom-com was written and helmed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and stars Robbie as an attractive young woman (duh) who finds an unlikely mentor in a veteran drifter (Will Smith). It's conceivable that Ficarra and Requa so enjoyed working with Margot Robbie that when it came time to cast their Focus follow-up, the talented and gorgeous starlet was at the top of their list. But while we wait for confirmation, Robbie has a string of other projects coming our way.
Recently wrapped is the war drama Suite Francaise, which stars Michelle Williams as a French villager who falls for a German soldier in WWII. Then there's the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Z for Zachariah Craig Zobel's follow-up to his shocking Compliance. Lastly, look for Margot Robbie to play wife to the mythic jungle man portrayed by Alexander Skarsgård in Tarzan. (Some girls just get all the luck.)