Margot Robbie is reunited with her Focus co-star Will Smith in the new Suicide Squad movie, due out in August of this year, and she is at her most wickedly insane as Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist turned psychopath. With the release of the new Suicide Squad trailer, fans and those new to the franchise will see the worst heroes ever assembled to save the world.
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For those new to all things Suicide Squad, the team is made up of the worst villains to be found in Arkham Asylum: Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and led by Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman). Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, is a CIA operative who wants to assemble a squad of the worst villains to walk the planet in order to ultimately save the world.
The Wall Street Journal reports that in the new trailer, set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Margot Robbie clearly relishes being at her most devilishly chaotic. There is no sign of the psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel; Margot Robbie has embraced her inner psychopath, noting with a sarcastic sneer when a military man asks, “What is wrong with you?” that the Suicide Squad is still a bunch of bad guys.
Rolling Stone also remarks about Margot Robbie’s chipper attitude as the decidedly crazy Harley Quinn. In the trailer, it notes that Margot Robbie “shines” as Quinn, particularly when she intimates that she is listening to the voices in her head.
“I should kill everyone and escape?” she seems to ask as she is surrounded by military personnel. “Sorry, the voices — I’m kidding! That’s not what they really said.”
For The Win also notes that Margot Robbie’s take on Harley Quinn is “bats all in the belfry, creepy as all get out, and smashing windows to steal purses, mid-mission.”
Indeed, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn seems a perfect match for Jared Leto’s Joker, who is equally manic with some outstanding one-liners. Certainly, this release of the Suicide Squad trailer gives audiences a new, fresh glimpse of the team as a whole, but the focus particularly seems to be Smith’s Deadshot and, of course, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Margot Robbie seems to play Harley Quinn as every inch the carefree schoolgirl, from the short shorts to the sateen varsity-style jacket and pigtails. If one was able to ignore the baseball bat casually slung over one shoulder, it would be all too easy to dismiss Margot Robbie as exactly that, but one look at the wide grin and the gleam in her eye and audiences know right away that this is a psychopath bent on destruction — and gaining the clemency for her crimes that Amanda Waller offers.
Vanity Fair describes Margot Robbie as “Australia’s Newest Movie Goddess,” and it’s quite likely that Australia has not seen the likes of this actress since the debuts of Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman. She has helped head a series of big movies, including Wolf of Wall Street, where she famously slapped Leonardo DiCaprio during her audition with him, and is about to hit the jungle opposite Alexander Skarsgård’s Tarzan in the film of the same name this year.
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Margot Robbie, however, is surprisingly down to earth about her new status as the latest Hollywood “siren.”
“I did not grow up feeling like I was particularly attractive,” she admits. “You should have seen me at 14, with braces and glasses, gangly and doing ballet!”
Now 24, it seems hard to believe that the woman who cuts such a voluptuous figure as Harley Quinn would ever see herself as gangly, but then, it would seem that Margot Robbie is very definitely a specialist in taking people — Hollywood in particular — by surprise.
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