Photograph of Margot Robbie, July 23, 2016 – Flickr/Gage Skidmore.
CAIRO – 23 March 2018: Australian actress and producer Margot Robbie is planning to produce an all-female Shakespeare drama series for ABC, due to begin filming sometime this year.
This project comes as part of Robbie's oft-spoken desire to work with more up-and-coming female creators through her own production company LuckyChap Entertainment, which she founded in 2014. The as-of-now unnamed Shakespearean production is a 10-part series that will feature an all-female staff, which is focused on retelling classic Shakespeare tales with a female perspective, each updated to reflect contemporary concerns.
LuckyChap will be partnering with the Australian Broadcasting Company, ABC Studios International and the Australian company Hoodlum to produce the series. The stories will be updated to reflect a broader variety of cultures and perspectives as well, leaving a good chance for a diverse array of actors to be involved.
In a statement released to Deadline, LuckyChap stated that;"We are thrilled about this Australian partnership as an opportunity to showcase unique, distinctly female voices in writing, and to demonstrate the high quality of the Australian film and television industry. The project will share diverse points of view, from writers representing the different cultures and areas within Australia, which many would not readily associate with works of Shakespeare."
Robbie, born in Australia on July 2, 1990, has already managed to reach tremendous heights in her career at such a young age, earning a spot on Time's 100 2017 list. She recently received critical praise for her performance on the dramatic ice-skating biopic “I, Tonya (2017)”, which was also produced by her company LuckyChap, and is also known for portraying Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” (2016). She also received an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actress thanks to “I, Tonya”, and was nominated for a Golden Globe award as well. ABC, ABC Studios International and Hoodlum previously came together to work on the TV series "Harrow".