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Warner Bros. in Talks for "Avengelyne," with Margot Robbie Eyeing Lead Role

Wed 01 May 2024 | 03:59 PM
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The feature adaptation of “Avengelyne” from Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde, and “X-Men” producer Simon Kinberg is being set up at Warner Bros. The studio is close to finalizing a seven-figure film rights deal.

Robbie is eyeing the role of the titular angel who fights the forces of evil and often finds herself face-to-face with demons and monsters.

Rob Liefeld, best known for bringing to life the Merc with a Mouth, a.k.a. Deadpool, co-created the character first brought the comic book character to life in 1995.

There were prior attempts to turn Avengelyne into a big-screen star, but they never got off the ground. In 2013, Gina Carano was attached to star in an adaptation. In 2016, Paramount reportedly nabbed rights for a version from filmmaker Akiva Goldsman.

Wilde, whose filmmaking credits include “Booksmart” and “Don’t Worry Darling,” is attached to direct the pic from a script by “Poor Things” scribe Tony McNamara. Robbie’s company LuckyChap and her partners Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara are producing. Kinberg will also produce the film.


It is not exactly a surprise that the project would land at Warner Bros., since LuckyChap struck a first-look pact with the studio earlier this year, following the blockbuster success of “Barbie,” which was the highest-grossing movie of 2023 and nominated for eight Academy Awards. 

The company's other major projects include the Oscar-winning dark comedy “I, Tonya,” and Emerald Fennell’s features, “Promising Young Woman” and “Saltburn.” It most recently backed the Sundance coming-of-age film “My Old Ass,” which sold to Amazon MGM Studios for $15 million.

LuckyChap is next set to adapt two popular games for the big screen. Up first is “The Sims” with Vertigo Entertainment, based on the wildly popular sandbox video game series. Kate Herron, who helmed “Loki,” is set to direct the movie and co-write with Briony Redman.

The company is also producing “Monopoly,” a live-action feature film based on the ubiquitous real estate-inspired board game, produced alongside Hasbro Entertainment for Lionsgate.