Margot Robbie is a chameleon of an actress. She refuses to let herself be pigeonholed into one particular type of role, and it has led to an acting filmography that truly astonishes. From playing the demented Harley Quinn to Tonya Harding to Sharon Tate and a plethora of other diverse roles, the Australian actress continues to be a powerhouse force in every project she attaches herself to. And thanks to our trusted inside source – the same one that gave us our confirmed scoop about Josh Brolin returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos – we can report on a new project that the actress is circling.
Margot Robbie is in talks to star in The Wonder, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue. Donoghue was the author and screenwriter behind Room, the 2015 drama/thriller that starred Brie Larson. That film received numerous awards and accolades, including four nominations at the Academy Awards and one win for Brie Larson as Best Actress. Considering that Room was such an awards darling, it is surprising that it has taken this long to get another one of Donoghue’s novels into development.
However, our info makes it seem like The Wonder will be the next project from Donoghue’s works and she will be the writer of the film as well. Set in 1859, Margot Robbie would be in the lead performance as Lib Wright, a veteran nurse of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign who is hired to keep watch over an 11-year-old girl named Anna O’Donnell. Anna claims to have survived for months with no food. Instead, she believes she is being sustained by manna from heaven. Eventually, Lib finds herself fighting to save Anna’s life and comes up against fanatic religious belief that crosses the line into outright superstition.
This sounds like quite a harrowing tale and one that would offer Margot Robbie a chance to once again flex her incredible acting muscles. And it certainly seems like The Wonder would be positioned for her to possibly nab another Oscar nomination. She has managed to get two Academy Award nominations – one for Best Actress in I, Tonya and one for Best Supporting Actress in the Fox News exposé film Bombshell – but has yet to walk home with one of those coveted golden statues. Could The Wonder be the film that finally clenches her win and makes her an official Best Actress winner? It certainly seems like the gameplan with a movie like this.
We will simply have to wait and see how things develop with this project. Margot Robbie is certainly one of the busiest actresses in all of Hollywood right now. She is rumored to be headlining a new Pirates of the Caribbean film and is likely to return to the role of Harley Quinn after this year’s release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. She also is attached to star in the upcoming Barbie feature film. There is plenty on her plate in the future, and we hope that The Wonder offers her a chance to deliver another stunning performance.