Warner Bros. and Mattel have partnered to bring Barbie to the big screen. Margot Robbie is set to portray the live-action version of the iconic doll.
Robbie will also co-produce the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, alongside Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara from LuckyChap Entertainment.
After a lengthy and tumultuous time in pre-production, with numerous setbacks, Barbie’s feature film is finally progressing again. Not one, but two actresses have dropped out of the role in the past, Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway. The film also made the shift from Sony Pictures to Warner Bros. Pictures. Finally, the film endured three different release date changes, originally set for June 2, 2017, then moving to June 29, 2018, then August 8, 2018, and a staggering push to May 8, 2020.
It is unknown if that May 2020 date will still be used. Also unknown is who will be writing and directing the film.
The Barbie adaptation marks the first announced deal to come out of Mattel’s newly-established Mattel Films, led by producer Robbie Brenner. This is also the first collaboration between Mattel Films and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Robbie, however, will first start filming Warner Bros.’ “Birds of Prey” next week, reprising her role of Harley Quinn.