Wolf of Wall St star filming in Canterbury

A-list actress trades Oscars for Canterbury film

MARTIN VAN BEYNEN
Last updated 04:00 22/01/2014
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RED CARPET: Margot Robbie with The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.

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COMMITMENTS: Australian actress Margot Robbie is likely to miss the Academy Awards as she will be on set in Port Levy.

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First it was the star of Mamma Mia! and Lovelace.

Now it's the star of Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street who will play the main female role in Z For Zachariah, currently under production in Port Levy, Canterbury.

Australian actress Margot Robbie, 23, has replaced American Amanda Seyfried, 28, as 16-year-old farmgirl Ann Burden, who believes she is the lone survivor of a nuclear holocaust.

The film is now well underway in Port Levy with a local farmhouse being renovated to look more like an American midwest homestead. Film production crew have been accommodated in houses around the area.

Robbie, whose performance in The Wolf of Wall Street as the trophy wife of a corporate raider is viewed as career-making, will join Star Trek actor Chris Pine and 12 Years A Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor on the Banks Peninsula set. 

Robbie has two other films due for release. In comedy Focus, she stars opposite Will Smith, and in the romance Suite Francaise, she co-stars with Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Due to her Port Levy commitments, she is likely to miss her first Academy Awards ceremony but told reporters she would rather work than attend Hollywood's big night anyway.

Robbie is also tipped to play Jane in yet another screen version of Tarzan besides Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Port Levy-based film, produced by Spiderman star Tobey Maguire and Icelandic company Zik Zak Filmworks, is based on the 1974 children's science fiction thriller Z for Zachariah by Robert O'Brien.

Craig Zobel, well-known for indie films Compliance and Great World of Sound, will direct.

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