There’s a new doll in town.
Margot Robbie has signed on as both actress and executive producer to a live-action film as the iconic Barbie. Warner Bros. will be producing the film alongside new partners Mattel Films, marking not only their first collaboration, but the first deal to come out of Mattel Films. Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment will be co-producing.
In a press release this morning Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and CEO of Mattel said: “Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen. We look forward to building on this collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures as we tell the stories of our beloved brands.”
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Speaking of her passion for the project, Robbie said: “Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president. I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time an actress has been linked to the role with both Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway previously stepping in to those perfect plastic pumps. Schumer was announced as the the blonde bombshell back in December 2016 for a version under Sony and Mattel, which was set for release in June 2018, but backed out just 3 months later due to scheduling conflicts. Hathaway was then rumoured as a potential successor in July 2017, but shortly after the release date was then pushed back to 2020, before Sony’s rights to the project expired in September of last year.
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There’s no current news as to whether the same script is in use or this newly announced version will go in a completely different direction, and neither company has given a release window as yet. The original concept was to follow a doll expelled from ‘Barbieland’ who goes out to explore the real world, similar to both The Smurfs movie and The House Bunny.
Robbie seems like a fan favourite to play the lead, and with multiple awards nominations and wins under her belt, even Barbie herself would be proud.
Whilst you’re waiting for news on the project, you can see Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots currently in cinemas nationwide in the US and released in the UK on the 18th January. You can also check out Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse and various animated films on Netflix.
So what are your thoughts, are you ready to see Harley Quinn turn from naughty to nice?