It's been an exciting few years for Margot Robbie. While the Australian actress largely got moviegoers's attention through her role in The Wolf of Wall Street, she's since grown into one of Hollywood's leading ladies. She's currently flying high off of her acclaimed performance as the title character in I, Tonya, and seems to have a never ending supply of projects as Harley Quinn coming down the pipeline. Robbie has also been rumored to be circling Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film about the Manson Family murders, alongside longtime collaborator Samuel L. Jackson. While the deal hasn't been put into ink, Robbie recently revealed how exciting the idea of working with Tarantino is, saying:
Per her conversation with THR, it seems like Margot Robbie is ready to continue her streak of working with big directors by booking a Quentin Tarantino movie. And with Tarantino only intending to create a handful more movies before he eventually retires, the clock is certainly ticking for Robbie and other hopefuls.
Early reports of Margot Robbie's possible role claimed that Tarantino was looking at the actress to play Sharon Tate. Tate was the highest profile victim of the Manson murders, as she was a famous actress and the wife of director Roman Polanski. The murders shocked the nation, and have still haunted many today, especially because Tate was pregnant at the time and reportedly begged for her unborn child's life.
This would no doubt be a meaty role for Margot Robbie to sink her teeth into, and would be Quentin Tarantino's first go at the real true genre. Stories of real life murders have absolutely enthralled audiences lately, as podcasts like Serial and docuseries like Netflix's Making a Murderer has brought cold cases back into the light.
As far as scripted true crime goes, perhaps no example is as obvious as The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series made a splash last year with its first season, which captured the events before, during, and after OJ Simpson's trial for murder from the 1990s. The series picked up a ton of Emmy Awards, and may have helped inspire Tarantino to tell a non-fiction story with his next movie.
Of course, it's unclear exactly when we should expect Quentin Tarantino's Manson Family murder movie to hit theaters. He seems to be developing both that film and his possible r-rated Star Trek movie at the same time. But Margot Robbie's schedule seems similarly unclear, as the DC Extended Universe has announced a ton of titles, without concrete release dates. We'll just have to wait and see if the timing works out, and we get to see Robbie as both Sharon Tate and Harley Quinn.
You can catch Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, in theaters now. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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