Margot Robbie, it’s safe to say, has had a good couple of years. The Australian actress, introduced to most audiences for the first time in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, was among the stars of this summer’s Suicide Squad. However polarizing the DC Comics-based villain team-up was for audiences, most considered Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn one of its highlights.
Robbie, who additionally starred this year in the comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and in The Legend of Tarzan, has also emerged as a popular interview subject and talk show guest. And now, she’ll be taking those particular talents to 30 Rock.
Robbie will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on October 1, Deadline reported. It’s the first time hosting the show for Robbie, who will be joined by musical guest The Weeknd. Robbie was tapped to host even though she does not have another new movie opening this fall, although she’s attached to numerous projects for 2017 and beyond, including a biopic of figure skating’s Tonya Harding, and the A.A. Milne film Goodbye Christopher Robin.
The premiere, of the show’s 42nd season, comes amid a time of great change for SNL, as longtime cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh recently departed the program, as did one-season featured player Jon Rudnitsky. Three new featured players have joined the show — Melissa Villaseño, Mikey Day and Alex Moffat — as well as several new writers. Meanwhile, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Pete Davidson have been promoted to the main cast, as SNL begins a fall season in a presidential election year, always a crucial time for the long-running sketch comedy series. Plus, fans can get ready for plenty of Kate McKinnon and Darrell Hammond playing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively, in lots of debate sketches as well as other political material.
Robbie may be untested in both live TV and comedy, but some of the show’s best hosts ever have also lacked a specific comedic background. Certainly, Robbie has shown in her career so far that she’s got some versatility, and not just in the numerous accents she’s capable of performing. Fans may be additionally interested to see what SNL does with her — a Suicide Squad parody that’s at Jared Leto’s expense? Some variation on her bathtub scene in The Big Short? A return of her Wolf of Wall Street Brooklyn accent, in some sort of New York-specific sketch?
Saturday Night Live season 42 premieres Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:30pm ET on NBC.