Having played Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad – where she was, by all accounts, the most valuable player – Margot Robbie is now running off to join a very different kind of circus. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that the Australian actress is set to play real life trapeze artist Lillian Leitzel in Queen Of The Air.
The film will be adapting the bestselling book by Dean N. Jensen, telling the story of Leitzel's doomed love affair with fellow trapeze artist Alfredo Codona in the early 20th century.
At their peak, both Leitzel and Codona were among the biggest stars in the world, performing for the Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus. Leitzel's signature move would require her to dislocate her shoulder – a move she did over a hundred times. We would imagine that current health and safety laws would preclude Robbie from doing anything like that.
At 5'5", Robbie is a fair bit taller than Leitzel's diminutive 4'9", but this could certainly be one of those immersive roles that peaks the interest of awards voters come Oscar season.
There is no word on directors, writers or co-stars just yet, but it is clearly a vote of confidence from Warner Bros in their star. Robbie's next project to shoot will be Goodbye Christopher Robin, a biopic of Winnie The Pooh writer A.A. Milne.