Margot Robbie has finally been confirmed for the role of blonde dolly Barbie in Warner Bros’ long-in-gestation live-action movie. The studio has struck a deal with Mattel to move forward with the project, with Robbie now attached as a producer as well as the film’s star.
“This project is a great start to our partnership with Ynon and Mattel Films,” said Warner Bros chairman Toby Emmerich in a statement. “And Margot is the ideal producer and actress to bring Barbie to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today’s audiences.”
Robbie added that “Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. 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 honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”
There are no details yet on what direction Robbie and Warner Bros plan to take the iconic toy in, but it’ll still be a long while until we see this film materialise on the big screen. Warner Bros previously pushed the Barbie film back two years after its original star, Amy Schumer, dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, and Robbie is about to start work on Birds Of Prey, the all-girl DC team-up flick where the actress will reprise her role as Harley Quinn for the studio.