World War II-era indie thriller Ruin had designs last year to become a vehicle for Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot just before she would tackle the November-2019-scheduled sequel, which we now know as Wonder Woman 1984. – That was until Gadot dropped out, leaving the project star-less. However, Ruin – from Assassin’s Creed and Macbeth director Justin Kurzel – is finally moving forward after the acquisition of its dynamic duo in Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Ruin, which is set in early post-WWII Germany, will showcase most unconventional coupling, with Margot Robbie set to play a Holocaust survivor who finds mutual revenge-driven intent with a former SS captain, played by Schoenaerts. Consequently, the duo will embark on their own Inglourious Basterds-esque Nazi hunt, notwithstanding the fact their quarries were formerly the death squad underlings of Schoenaerts’s character.
Margot Robbie recently earned an Oscar nomination for her starring role in I, Tonya and starred in this past May’s thriller, Terminal. She will next be seen as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots, along with a loaded backlog that includes the role of actress Sharon Tate in director Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and prospective DC Extended Universe role reprisals of her Harley Quinn character for numerous projects.
Matthias Schoenaerts, a Belgian actor, recently appeared in the Jennifer Lawrence actioner, Red Sparrow, the Oscar-nominated 2015 drama, The Danish Girl and the 2015 romantic period drama, Far from the Madding Crowd. His docket is filled with a mix of movies from his native country and the co-starring role – as William Clark opposite Casey Affleck’s Meriwether Lewis – in History’s upcoming TV miniseries, Lewis and Clark.
Ruin will see director Justin Kurzel working off a Black List script by Ryan and Matthew Firpo. Kurzel is producing with MadRiver’s Marc Butan. They will be joined on the project by executive producers Ara Keshishian of MadRiver, Nik Bower and Deepak Nayer of (co-financiers) Riverstone Pictures.
Ruin has yet to schedule a release date, but the project is set to commence shooting in Prague in spring 2019.
We’ll keep you updated on Ruin as things develop!