Oscar nominee Margot Robbie’s gambling project “Dangerous Odds” is getting financed by Bold Films after it was picked up in turnaround from Warner Bros.
Robbie, who’s nominated in the best actress category for “I, Tonya” at this year’s Oscars, is producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment company and starring in the project, which centers on sports betting boss Marisa Lankester. CAA arranged the financing for the film and will represent domestic distribution rights.
Warner Bros. picked up the movie rights in 2015 to Lankester’s memoir “Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside an Illegal Billion-Dollar Sports Betting Operation.”
Production companies are Bold Films, LuckyChap, and Entertainment 360. LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara will produce alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and Jon Oakes and Management 360’s Ben Forkner. Executive producers are Bold Films’ CEO Gary Michael Walters and Svetlana Metkina and Management 360’s Gabe Cohen, Chris Huvane, and Jill McElroy. “Straight Outta Compton” scribe Andrea Berloff is the screenwriter and will also executive produce.
Lankester grew up in the upscale suburbs of New York City and worked in the heart of the largest illegal sports betting operation in U.S. history. She was arrested in 1987 on charges of bookmaking, along with six other employees, after Los Angeles law enforcement officials raided the office where she worked as a clerk for Ron (the Cigar) Sacco, operator of a horse-racing and sports-betting operation.
Ackerly and Robbie were producers on “I, Tonya,” along with screenwriter Steven Rogers and Bryan Unkeless. Bold Films produced “Whiplash,” “Drive,” “Shot Caller,” and “Nightcrawler.”
Robbie will be seen next in “Mary, Queen of Scots” opposite Saoirse Ronan. She is repped by CAA and Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline.
Ready for PyeongChang! Margot Robbie, who recently starred as former Olympian Tonya Harding in the critically-acclaimed film I, Tonya, is excited to watch the 2018 Winter Games.
“Oh yeah, yeah. I actually haven’t really tuned in to the last couple Winter Olympics so I’m excited,” Robbie told Us on Thursday, February 8, at the 2018 SBIFF Margot Robbie & Allison Janney Performers Tribute. “But I’m definitely back in that headspace now.”
While she did not take home the trophy, Robbie was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award for her role as the disgraced figure skater. She has also been nominated for an Academy Award, but will have to wait until March 4 to see if she wins the Oscar.
The 27-year-old actress learned to figure skate to play Harding, but previously told Us she is not a professional skater yet. “I don’t know if I could do that!” Robbie explained at the movie’s New York premiere in November when asked if she would take her skating talents to Disney On Ice. “But maybe I could be a good back-up, stand-in for them perhaps, I’m not quite at professional level yet.”
Robbie also spoke to Us about stepping up to produce the biographical film.
“Not to say that I wasn’t happy with the roles that I was receiving — definitely doing Wolf of Wall Street opened up a ton of opportunities that weren’t already present — but I guess I also didn’t want to wait around for the amazing roles to come by every couple of years,” Robbie told Us at the time. “I wanted to find them a little bit quicker and that meant that I had to find them myself or develop them.”
Robbie continued, “I work with an amazing group of people, I love everyone at our company and it’s not just about finding roles for me to do, it’s about finding roles for actresses in general and actors and first and second time directors, female directors, writers.”