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After a succession of dramatic roles, Margot Robbie is taking a step toward some comedy.
The move will reteam her with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who directed her opposite Will Smith in the 2015 thriller Focus. Fey is producing the political black comedy with her former Saturday Night Live boss and 30 Rock cohort Lorne Michaels.
The book recounts Barker’s arrival as a fish out of water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan and dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture.
Robbie will play a blond, gorgeous and hard-core on-air news anchor who befriends Baker (Fey) in Afghanistan. The character has been described as very competitive and willing to do anything, including put herself and others in danger, to get a story to launch her reporting career.
Dealmaking is a little bit tricky on this one as Robbie is also in talks to star in The Suicide Squad, Warners’ DC-based movie being directed by David Ayer. Ayer is currently writing the script, although that movie wouldn’t shoot until spring of 2015. But Robbie does need to make room to promote Focus, which opens Feb. 27.
Robbie, who is no longer attached to star in Fox’s love drama The Mountain Between Us, recently wrapped playing Jane in Warners’ Tarzan movie.
She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman.
Paramount declined to comment.
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Jamie Lee Curtis