Today in a press release from Mattel they announced that they will be making a new live action Barbie movie. The toy company is collaborating for the first time ever with Warner Bros. Pictures and working on creating the first ever Barbie movie with live actors. Margot Robbie is going to star and co-produce this film under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
With the success of the Youtube Channel and what I can assume the Netflix shows for Barbie that are up right now, it is a good time to start moving forward with this project. Barbie has gone through some major brand renovation recently with things like the addition to different body typed Barbie that came into the toy market 2016. I have to admit I was one of the first people to run out and buy that blue haired “Curvy” Barbie from the Fashionista’s line.
Margot Robbie who is most well known for playing Harley Quinn in the last Suicide Squad movie is happy to play the part of Barbie. She said in a statement, “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 honored 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.”
It’s nice to see Margot Robbie advocating for young girls in this way. It’s nice to see an actress that is not only aware of how the characters she portrays in film affect young girls but also aspires to create a positive image for them.
Along with co-producing this film she is also working on producing the Harley Quinn spinn-off movie after feeling like Suicide Squad did the character an injustice. Which she isn’t wrong about. There is so much more depth to that character than a superficial nut job like they showed her to be.
We still have to find out who is directing as well as what kind of story they will tell to be able to determine the tone for the film, but my hopes are high as to what they can do for Barbie.
Is this a movie that you would be interested in? Are you ready for an avalanche of Live Action Barbie movies if this is successful? Tell us in the comments!