It’s really happening: Barbie is getting in her dream car and heading to the big screen. This morning, January 8th, it was confirmed that the live-action Barbie movie is back on, this time with Margot Robbie taking on the titular character. The Mary Queen of Scots actress is not only set to star as the iconic 11.5 inch entrepreneur in the upcoming film, but she’ll also be co-producing the project with her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. Robbie’s husband, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara—the actress’s LuckyChap Entertainment partner—will also serve as co-producers.
The iconic character is already the face of nearly three dozen straight-to-DVD animated movies, including Barbie in The Nutcracker, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper, and Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, but this will mark the doll’s live-action feature debut. Details about the upcoming film are still under wraps, and a director and release date have yet to be announced. There’s also no word on who will play Ken…because Ken is definitely coming to the big screen, too, right?
Fans are thrilled to see the I, Tonya star take on the iconic role.
This is the second attempt in recent years to bring Barbie to the big screen. In 2016, comedian Amy Schumer was cast as the doll in a project backed by Mattel and Sony. However, citing scheduling conflicts, Schumer left the project and subsequent plans to bring the character to life fell apart. The upcoming Barbie movie is the first in the newly-formed partnership between Mattel and Warner Bros., and—needless to say—we can’t wait.