Life in plastic is fantastic! That’s probably what Margot Robbie will be saying pretty soon as she brings the iconic Barbie doll to life on the big screen. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Mattel and Warner Bros. Pictures made the announcement of their collaborative upcoming film, which will be the first live-action adaptation for Barbie.
The Australian actress will not only star as the classic doll, but she will also co-produce the feature film, alongside Academy Award-nominated producer Robbie Brenner, who’s worked on films like Dallas Buyers Club and Escape Plan, as well as Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara.
We’re so excited to see the 28-year-old take on such an important role, and she feels the same. “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 honored 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,” she said in a public statement.
Originally, Amy Shumer was supposed to star as Barbie, but dropped out in 2017 due to conflicts with her schedule. “Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the Snatched actress, 37, said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
While it would’ve been cool to see Amy play Barbie, everything happens for a reason and we’re pretty sure Margot will not disappoint! Now all that is left to wonder is, who’s going to play Ken? We’ll have to wait and see!