Margot Robbie has become one of the most sought after actors working today. Born in Dalby, Queensland and raised on Australia’s Gold Coast, the 25-year-old star got her start in 2007 with starring roles in Aussie independent films I.C.U. and Vigilante, before appearing on the long-running soap, Neighbours.
Cast by Richard Curtis in the romantic comedy About Time in 2012, she would go on to co-star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Robbie has hardly paused since. In 2015, she starred opposite Will Smith in Focus for directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, reteaming with the filmmaking duo again for the upcoming Tina Fey seriocomedy, Fun House (loosely based on former Chicago Tribune correspondent, Kim Barker’s, memoir ‘The Taliban Shuffle’).
Her forthcoming projects include David Yates’s Tarzan (as Jane, opposite Alexander Skarsgård) and the eagerly anticipated, DC Comics supervillain film, Suicide Squad, as Harley Quinn.
For Robbie, though, the more down to earth role of Ann Burden, a self-reliant farm girl in Z for Zachariah, was both surprisingly (for those who don’t know her) and fortuitously (for the production itself) a seamless fit. “I only had five days to prep for this film so it was pretty intense,” explains the Australian actress.
“Fortunately, I grew up doing a lot of the physical stuff that Ann does in the film, so that was a massive advantage. I already knew how to shoot guns, move cows and drive tractors… Thank goodness or this would have been a lot more difficult.”
Completing the Z for Zachariah cast is Chris Pine, who stars as the enigmatic, Caleb. Best known for his portrayal of James Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the popular Star Trek film series, Pine has also appeared in a wide variety of comedies and dramas – Unstoppable (2010), This Means War (2012) and Into the Woods (2014), to name but a handful – since landing his first acting role in 2003 on an episode of the popular US television series, ER.
“I first came upon this project thanks to my agents,” says Pine, whose reps sent him details on several notable productions in development before putting him in touch with director, Craig Zobel. “Craig had done a small movie called Compliance that I really enjoyed,” explains Pine. “I don’t know what you would call it – it’s almost a horror movie, but the psychology behind everything that’s happening is so complex.
I asked him what he was doing next and he told me that he had this script, ‘But, you know, the part isn’t all that big and that the film isn’t all that big…’ Of course, I read it and I loved it. I knew that Chiwetel was going to do the lead and that to play opposite him would be a lot of fun. And I knew if there was one guy who could direct this kind of a psychological drama it was Craig Zobel.”