Beautiful Things Movie Sets Margot Robbie to Headline

Margot Robbie will headline Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Beautiful Things movie

Margot Robbie is lining up projects left and right. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that the Suicide Squad star has signed on to headline a Beautiful Things movie, based on the upcoming book by Gin Phillips. Phillips herself describes the novel as follows on her official site:

The zoo is nearly empty late one afternoon as Joan and her four-year-old son, Lincoln, soak up the last few minutes of the day. They are playing in a sandpit, half-hidden by tall trees, with the shadows and sunlight shifting over the gravel paths as Lincoln’s action figures announce evil plans and secret weapons. It is something close to perfect. So when Joan hears shots crack through the air, it seems foolish to think the distant sounds are anything other than construction work or practice fireworks for a Halloween celebration.

But as Joan rushes to the zoo exit to make it through the gate before closing time, she freezes at the sight of limp bodies on the ground and a lone, dark figure with a gun. She grabs her son and runs. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running. She races through the thatched roofs and bamboo fences of the African exhibits, eventually discovering an almost-perfect hiding place. With each passing minute, she deals with distracting a four-year-old at the same time that silence and stillness are essential to survival. It is the first time she has ever felt that keeping her child happy might be at odds with keeping him alive.

Eventually she’s driven into a moonlit zoo full of animal carcasses and glowing moss and the sound of a baby crying. Along the way, she crosses the paths of fellow survivors. And then there are the gunmen themselves, who Joan is determined to analyze and solve. Perhaps if she dissects them thoroughly, she can figure out how to outsmart them.

Robbie, who also starred this year in The Legend of Tarzan and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, will also produce the Beautiful Things movie through her LuckyChap Entertainment alongside Di Novi Pictures’ Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan.

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