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Margot Robbie Has Signed On To Play Barbie In Live Action Film

Stewart Perrie

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Margot Robbie Has Signed On To Play Barbie In Live Action Film

Margot Robbie, Australia's sweetheart outside Kylie Minogue, has certainly had an impressive career to date.


She's transformed herself from the gorgeous Naomi Lapaglia in Wolf of Wall Street to the psychotic Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, the unhinged Tonya Harding in I, Tonya to the brittle Queen Elizabeth in Mary, Queen of Scots.

Now she's taking on a different type of character altogether: Barbie.

Yep, that doll virtually everyone grew up with since the 1960s, will be brought to the big screen, with the blonde 28-year-old at the helm.

There have been plenty of animated Barbie films released in the past, which I'm sure you've all seen. Who could forget Barbie as Rapunzel? What about Barbie of Swan Lake, how that missed out on the Oscar is beyond me.

But it will be interesting to see where they go with a live-action film about the Mattel doll, but Robbie will be one of the co-producers so she'll have a bit of leverage in the direction.

She told Variety: "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."

Margot Robbie says she feels so 'honoured' to take on the role. Credit: PA
Margot Robbie says she feels so 'honoured' to take on the role. Credit: PA

Interestingly, the Gold Coast actress wasn't the first pick for the role as movie bosses were keen to get Amy Schumer first, and when that failed attention turned to Anne Hathaway.

It's an interesting decision for Robbie as the Barbie doll has been criticised in the past for giving women around the world unrealistic body expectations. Maybe they'll try to address that in the movie, who knows?

Robbie recently revealed while she likes the role of Harley Quinn, the way the character dresses is problematic.

Speaking to W Magazine, she said: "Honestly, for me, as Harley at least, the more skin showing the longer it takes in hair and makeup 'cause she's got, you know, white skin and a million tattoos.

"So if anything outside, god, the scenes where I don't even have the jacket on, that's an extra 20 minutes in the makeup trailer."

Fortunately for fans, we'll be seeing a lot more of the Joker's accomplice in Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), which is expected to be released in February 2020.

Featured Image Credit: Max Pixel/PA

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Margot Robbie

Stewart Perrie
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