By Jackie Shannon

Aussies were everywhere at the recent Oscars, and that high level of cinematic participation is well and truly set to continue, with local filmmakers and performers involved with a fascinating array of upcoming projects. It Girl, Margot Robbie (next on screens in the highly anticipated DC Comics adaptation, Suicide Squad, and pictured), is set to topline the noir thriller Terminal, playing an unpredictable woman who throws a major spanner into the works when two disparate hitmen are tasked with a near-suicide mission by a mysterious employer.

Meanwhile, It-Girl-in-waiting, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Macbeth, Everest, The Man From U.N.C.L.E), will wrap shooting on Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 before heading into the dark thriller, The Tale, which co-stars Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn, and tracks a journalist reopening a dark chapter from her own childhood.

Eternal It Girl, Nicole Kidman, meanwhile, will reunite with her Rabbit Hole director, John Cameron Mitchell, for the kaleidoscopic punks-versus-aliens comedy musical, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, which co-stars Elle Fanning and Matt Lucas, and is adapted from a short story by sci-fi master, Neil Gaiman.

Also on the slate for Kidman is Lion, which is penned and directed, respectively, by Aussies, Luke Davies (Candy) and Garth Davis (Top Of The Lake), and tells of an adopted Indian boy who grows up in Hobart and then digs for his roots as an adult. That’s not the only film on Garth Davis’ dance card, with the young director also set to take on one of the greatest stories ever told with Mary Magdalene, which will track the late life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of the condemned hooker that he saved from an unholy stoning. The lily-white Rooney Mara is attached to star, which could create another controversy after the actress was unfairly hauled over the coals for starring as the tribal princess, Tiger Lily, in Pan.

And speaking of great stories, Australian director, Jonathan Teplitzky (Better Than Sex, Gettin’ Square, Burning Man, The Railway Man), will next tackle Churchill, a thriller following the great British leader (played by Brian Cox) in the 24 hours before D-Day.


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