Margot Robbie's Next Big Films: Dreamland, Ruin, and Birds of Prey
Hollywood cycles through popular actresses fairly often, but Margot Robbie’s range of acting capabilities may mean that she’s here to stay. Robbie, who is perhaps most famous for playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, is already receiving rave reviews for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots. She has also proved that she can handle nuanced roles such as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.
Though she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Harding, she has yet to win any major awards – but it’s only a matter of time before her turn comes. All she needs is a script that actually gives her a chance to showcase her talents. Here are the next big films that might give Robbie a chance to shine.
Dreamland may not have the same A-list star power as some of Robbie’s other films, but it still holds a lot of promise. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte will direct the film, which stars Robbie as a bank robber in Depression-era America. Finn Cole co-stars as a potential romantic partner to Robbie’s character, so some of the film’s appeal may come down to their chemistry. There’s no trailer yet, and most of the stills available seem to be paparazzi shots taken from a distance.
Luckily, fans shouldn’t have to wait much longer to see if the film is any good. While a release date hasn’t been announced yet, it’s already in post-production, meaning we may see a late summer 2019 release.
Not much is known about this World War II thriller set in Germany. It features Robbie as a Holocaust survivor and Matthias Schoenaerts as an ex-Nazi captain. Gal Gadot was apparently in talks for Robbie’s role, and it’s unclear why Gadot fell through, but this role may be a perfect fit for Robbie. With her ability to be convincingly tough and vulnerable at the same time, Robbie’s acting may be what brings this movie to life.
Director Justin Kurzel’s list of film credits is short, but his work on The Snowtown Murders makes it clear that he can probably make the most of Robbie’s talent. Promising young writers Ryan and Matthew Firpo are writing the film. Filming will reportedly begin in Prague in early 2019, with a release date not yet announced.
Birds of Prey - and Gotham City Sirens?
Though Suicide Squad 2 has been announced, the first installment in that series received lackluster reviews, meaning that its sequel might not be any better. A fresh spinoff movie like Birds of Prey might be just what the DC universe needs. This movie is set to adapt the comic book series of the same name, and will feature Harley Quinn, Renee Montoya, Black Canary, and Huntress teaming up to fight villains worse than themselves. The script is reportedly done, and filming will likely start in early 2019, with the film releasing in 2020.
While another spinoff movie, Gotham City Sirens, had been announced, there has been little movement with regards to casting and production. David Ayers will reportedly direct the film, but he has been quiet ever since the film’s announcement. Fans of Poison Ivy and Catwoman will be seriously disappointed if this installment is cancelled.
2020 and Beyond
While there are rumors of a Joker and Harley Quinn spin-off movie floating around, DC movie showrunners haven’t confirmed anything. Quinn and Joker’s relationship is dysfunctional and even abusive, so creating an entire movie around them may put off some fans. Another rumored movie is titled Barbie, but while that film’s existence has been confirmed, Robbie’s role has not.
Luckily, Robbie is confirmed to star in Marian, a Robin Hood-inspired story where Maid Marian becomes her own hero after Robin Hood dies. Pete Barry has written the script for Sony Pictures. No co-stars or other details are currently known, but Robbie is reportedly co-producing the film, indicating that she has a serious interest in it. Hopefully the script gives Robbie a chance to shine as a tough yet layered heroine.
Any way you look at it, Margo Robbie’s career has truly just begun. Her talent for sassy and quiet roles alike means that she’ll be a popular choice for Hollywood producers for years to come.