Margot Robbie is set to star in Dreamland, a thriller written by Nicolaas Zwart and directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.
The screenplay was on the 2015 Hollywood Black List, and is set in the 1930’s amid the devastation of the Dust Bowl – an area in Oklahoma and surrounding areas devastated by severe soil erosion. The story follows a 15-year-old boy and his quest to capture a fugitive bank robber in order to collect the bounty and save his family farm from foreclosure. Robbie will play said bank robber.
Lucky Chap Entertainment and Automatik are producing the film, and hope to “bring a balance of nostalgic beauty and gritty realism to the proceedings as well as a balance between a sense of romanticism and a sense of violence”, which sounds a lot like the recently successful and Academy Award nominated Hell Or High Water. Unlikely a coincidence.
Joris-Peyrafitte recently directed, wrote, acted in, and scored the 2015 Sundance Special Jury Award winner As You Are, and to ruin the rest of your day, he was just twenty-three at the time which makes him one of the youngest filmmakers ever to be in competition at the festival.
This sounds like a project that will live or die on the crew involved, as the premise isn’t absurdly original. It’s helpful then, that an ascending star like Robbie – who stole the show in The Wolf Of Wall Street, was the lone positive of Suicide Squad, and is set to headline other intriguing projects like I, Tonya – is set to star, alongside a precocious talent like Joris-Peyrafitte directing.
A potentially intriguing project… Or maybe it’s just the fourth entry in the Adventureland, Zombieland, La La Land universe?