A live-action Barbie film is reportedly underway via Warner Bros. with Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie in talks for the role.
The project has previously seen a variety of different names linked to it, as at one point, ‘I Feel Pretty’ Star Amy Schumer was also rumoured for the role, though her busy schedule prevented her from appearing in the film. After her, Anne Hathaway was linked to the Barbie film, only for that project to fall apart.
Even Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was rumoured with the Barbie film, though these reports were later refuted.
According to Deadline, the brand is one of Mattel’s flagships, making them wary about a film that won’t do any justice to the toys. The website further revealed that the entire concept at Sony plans to entail “a fish-out-of-water story a la Splash and Big whereby Barbie gets kicked out of Barbieland because she’s not perfect enough, a bit eccentric and doesn’t fit in. She then goes on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection.”
However, it’s still unknown if Warner Bros. will actually go with this script. Given Margot Robbie’s relationships with Warner Bros., it would make sense for her to Star in the adaptation. The actress is currently working on Birds of Prey with Warner Bros., which features Robbie alongside Dinah Lance and Helena Bertinelli.
Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan, and a few details of the film have been revealed by Robbie earlier.
“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film,” Robbie said in a previous interview. “She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.”