Hot off the success of playing DC’s clown-themed villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Deadline has confirmed that Margot Robbie is sticking with Warner Bros and the circus theme, taking a starring role in the studio’s upcoming biopic Queen of the Air. Based on Dean N. Jensen’s 2013 nonfiction book of the same name, the film will tell the story of famed trapeze artist Lillian Leitzel and her tragic romance with fellow acrobat Alfredo Codona. The German-born Leitzel became a sensation in the 1920s for her death-defying stunts, eventually entering into a famously volatile love affair and marriage with Codona. She died tragically in 1931 during a live performance when her rigging snapped; Codona died 6 years later in a shocking Long beach, California-set murder-suicide. No director has signed on the film, scripted by Cat Vasko with Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) aboard as producer. Robbie is repped by CAA.
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