‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Star Margot Robbie in Talks for ‘Tarzan’ – She’s Jane (Exclusive)

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The rising Australian talent is also in negotiations to star alongside Chris Pine in “Z for Zachariah”

Hot off a star-making performance as Leonardo DiCaprio‘s wife in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Jane in David Yates’ “Tarzan,” TheWrap has learned. She is also in talks to replace Amanda Seyfried in Craig Zobel’s “Z for Zachariah.”

Representatives for both films did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Robbie plans to shoot “Zachariah”  before taking on Warner Bros’ big-budget remake of the classic “Tarzan,” which is slated to star Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, according to individuals with knowledge of her schedule.

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Warner’s go-to “Harry Potter” filmmaker Yates is directing the adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels about the King of the Jungle, with Skarsgard in the title role.

Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche are producing, while Mike Richardson will executive produce with Yates. Warner Bros executive Jesse Ehrman will oversee the project on behalf of the studio, which plans to start production this summer. The studio is already high on Robbie, who stars opposite Will Smith in Warner’s con artist movie “Focus.”

“Z for Zachariah” is a psychological thriller that Nissar Modi adapted from Robert O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic novel. Michael Benaroya is fully financing the picture, which is expected to star Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe will produce through their Material Pictures banner alongside Zik Zak Filmworks’ Skuli Malmquist and Thor Sigurjonsson, as well as Palomar Pictures’ Joni Sighvatsson.

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Robbie is in negotiations to play 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.

“Zachariah” was initially supposed to start filming in August 2013 before production was delayed until November, when Ejiofor was in the midst of an important Oscar campaign for “12 Years a Slave.” That, in addition to several other factors, delayed production until early 2014.

That delay forced Seyfried to drop out of the project to film “Fathers and Daughters” with Russell Crowe, after which she’ll star alongside Rebel Wilson in the Universal comedy “He’s F-ing Perfect.”

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Robbie next co-stars alongside Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts and Kristin Scott Thomas in the Weinstein Company’s romantic drama “Suite Francaise.” The stunning Australian actress got her start on the Aussie series “Neighbours” before landing the lead in the short-lived ABC series “Pan Am.” In addition to playing the ‘Duchess of Bay Ridge’ in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated “Wolf of Wall Street,” Robbie recently appeared in Richard Curtis’ “About Time.”

She’s represented by CAA, Management 360, Australian agent Aran Michael and attorney Jeff Bernstein.

  • bOb

    I think Margot Robbie will make a good Jane. She fits the image. But Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan does not work for me. David Yates should screen test more actors. The actor should be 6 feet 4 inches and ruggedly handsome with a more muscular physique. Something like Dolph Lundgren 25 years ago. The actor should look like Tarzan and be believable in the role. That will contribute greatly to the film’s success.

    As for the script, I hope they follow Burroughs original material closely. It is time for a good Tarzan movie. One unlike any of those from the past.

    bOb

  • Ross A Lloyd

    Yes bOb Margot will look nice as Jane. Tarzan should look 6’3″ as specified in the novels. You are right that Alexander does not fit the role. Henry Cavil or Tom Welling (with proper gym training) would. Scrip – yep stick to the book for Heaven’s sake!

    • bOb

      I prefer 6′ – 4″. It’s perfect. 6′ – 3″, 70 to 100 years ago was considered very tall. Today it’s fairly common. I disagree on Henry Cavil (too short) or Tom Welling. Neither has the facial features for Tarzan. In my opinion, Jason Mamoa has all the physical qualifications, BUT he has a big ugly tattoo on his left arm.

  • Michael Difani

    To me hottie,dark haired Adrianne Palicki as “Jane” would be more realistic [sic]…Robbie is a stunner, an all time looker, and my girlfriend liked her too, nude and all in “Wolf”. Scorsese pushes boundaries as he did in “Taxi Driver” with Jody Foster as a 13 yr. old hooker…that was back in 1976. Could that be seen today?