Me Tarzan, you … Margot Robbie?
Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are one board with the constantly evolving Tarzan film, which has been in discussion for more than a year. Warner Bros. is programming a number of their "players" into this Tarzan movie. Yates, of course, helmed the last few Harry Potter movies, and has been looking for a proper follow up. At one point, he eyed Man of Steel star Henry Cavill for the lead. Robbie is expected to start filming the Tarzan remake this summer.
Now I wish Eric had asked her Tarzan questions during his one-on-one interview with the Australian actress:
Tarzan isn’t the only project on Robbie’s radar. The trade site says that the Wolf star also is in talks to replace Amanda Seyfried in the post-apocalyptic Z for Zachariah, which would cast her opposite Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Hot cast. The movie is being adapted from Robert O’Brien’s novel, and would star Robbie as "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." Sounds like a mixture of The Walking Dead, World War Z and Emily Blunt’s character from Looper. And they say Hollywood can’t make anything original any more!
These reports simply confirm that Robbie is riding high on the success of Wolf. Martin Scorsese’s ode to excess is doing gangbusters at the box office, having earned north of $84 million at the domestic box office so far. It’s also doing well in the ongoing awards races as the Oscar season rolls along. So while Robbie was largely unknown prior to Wolf rolling out, several more are catching on to her rising star, casting her in anticipated parts of upcoming potential blockbusters. Does she have range? Can she help carry a movie like Tarzan? We’ll find out soon enough.
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