LOS ANGELES – Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie is in talks to produce and co-star in a feature movie based on the award-winning 2013 comedy short film “Fools Day,” specialized Hollywood media reported on Monday.
The original short – which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival six years ago – was directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Cody Blue Snider, who is also set to be at the helm of this new project.
Robbie, who recently portrayed Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” is seeking to act as executive producer through her own company, LuckyChap Entertainment, and play a significant role when it comes to the movie’s production.
The 18-minute short, which won awards at over 40 international festivals, tells the story of fourth-grade students who accidentally kill their teacher through a seemingly-innocent April Fool’s Day prank gone awry.
The kids – aged between 9-10 – are convinced they will all be jailed if anyone finds out about the accidental homicide, so they attempt to hide the teacher’s corpse before a policeman arrives to give the class a talk on drugs.
Robbie will play the teacher, according to both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Snider will direct the feature, whose script he is currently writing alongside his brother Shane and Keatyn Lee.
Though there had been rumors about the project swirling for a while, the producers were struggling to obtain the necessary funding until Robbie’s company stepped in.
Before her recent film with Tarantino, Robbie was nominated in 2018 to a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in “I, Tonya,” which was produced by LuckyChap.
Last year, she also starred in the historical drama “Mary Queen of Scots” as Elizabeth I of England, a role she initially turned down because she had “nothing in common” with the queen in real life, as she told EFE in an interview.
“At the beginning, I hesitated a lot and felt very scared that I would not be worthy of representing the role of a queen,” said the Australian star at the time. “I didn’t how to play a queen, I didn’t even know how to start building the character.”