Margot Robbie to lead sports betting film 'Dangerous Odds'

Margot Robbie, hailed for her performance as Naomi Lapaglia in "The Wolf of Wall Street"

The "Wolf of Wall Street" actress is in line to headline "Dangerous Odds" as a high-ranking member of an illegal betting ring.

The film is based on the autobiography of Marisa Lankester, who in the 80s and 90s rose up the ranks of Ron Sacco's growing sports betting organization.

A move from Los Angeles to the Dominican Republic beckoned, as Sacco searched for better seclusion from US law enforcement, though that did not prevent the FBI from infiltrating and then raiding the operation, with Lankester detailing her treatment by Dominican authorities in her memoir.

Now living in Switzerland, Lanekster's "Dangerous Odds" is the basis for a script to be provided by Andrea Berloff of "World Trade Center" and upcoming LA hip-hop biopic "Straight Outta Compton," with Deadline reporting significant interest from a number of studios.

In the coming year, Australian actress Robbie has roles in "Focus," a con game tale with Will Smith as co-star, sci-fi adaptation "Z for Zachariah" with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Warner Bros' new treatment of "Tarzan" opposite Alexander Skarsgard, and World War II dramatic romance "Suite Française."

Warners have also secured Robbie for 2016 superhero film "Suicide Squad," and are said to be one of several studios in pursuit of "Dangerous Odds."