After years of production purgatory and a revolving door of potential stars, the Barbie movie may actually be happening.
Mattel’s Barbie project has gained new ground thanks to actor/producer Margot Robbie, who is in talks to take on the world’s most iconic blonde. If this latest development continues smoothly, Robbie would not only star as Barbie in the live-action film, but produce under her production company LuckyChap Entertainment.
LuckyChap is also producing the highly-anticipated Birds of Prey, which will see Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn. Adding even more potential superheroine credentials to the project, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is also reportedly eyeing the project.
The Barbie live-action film has had a history about as complex as Barbie’s resume, going through many different iterations since it was first announced in 2009. Amy Schumer was set to star in a new take on the archetypal doll in 2016 before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts. Anne Hathaway later took over — and subsequently dropped out — of the role. The project has also been exchanged between studios before the rights revered back to parent company Mattel and their newly launched film division. There is currently no targeted release date for the film, though Sony — which previously held the rights — was aiming for May 8, 2020.
Only time will tell if Barbie’s found her proverbial dream home with Robbie and LuckyChap.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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