Margot Robbie confirmed to star as Barbie in new live-action movie.

Margot Robbie has some big shoes to fill!

Mattel and Warner Bros. Pictures officially announced on Tuesday that the 28-year-old actress will portray the role of Barbie in their upcoming live-action movie, confirming the news ET first reported in October 2018.

“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery,” Robbie, who will also co-produce the film, said in a statement. “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.”

“Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen,” added Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and CEO of Mattel. “We look forward to building on this collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures as we tell the stories of our beloved brands. Mattel Films is on a path to demonstrate the enormous potential of our brand portfolio, as we continue to execute on our strategy of transforming Mattel into an IP-driven, high performing toy company.”

According to a press release, this marks the brand’s first ever live-action feature film, as well as the first announced deal out of Mattel’s newly-established Mattel Films, led by Academy Award-nominated producer Robbie Brenner.

The role of Barbie was originally supposed to be played by Amy Schumer. A source told ET in December 2016 that the plot would involve Barbie getting kicked out of Barbieland for not being “perfect enough,” and her then embarking on an adventure in the real world.

But in a statement to ET in July 2017, the 37-year-old comedian revealed she was dropping out. “Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” Schumer’s statement read. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

Source: foxnews.com

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Margot Robbie to Produce Gritty Thriller ‘Barbed Wire Heart’ for Warner Bros.

Robbie and LuckyChap Productions are teaming with Dan Lin and his Rideback banner to produce an adaptation of Tess Sharpe‘s gritty novel, tapping TV scribe Carly Wray (Westworld, Mad Men) to write the script, though it’s unlikely to feature a role for Robbie herself.

Published in March by Grand Central Publishing, Barbed Wire Heart follows Harley McKenna, the daughter of a violent meth dealer who raised her in his image. Not only can she take care of herself, but she also cares for others, running a women’s shelter for survivors of abuse. When a rival family (who killed her mother) makes a push into the McKennas’ territory, Harley is forced to stand up to them and her father without putting her shelter and its inhabitants in danger.

LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley will also produce alongside Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, whose Nick Reynolds will oversee the project for the company. LuckyChap has history with Wray, who adapted a New York Times Magazine article about female firefighters for the company.

Circling back to those aforementioned producing projects, Robbie is developing an adaptation of Marisa Lankester‘s memoir Dangerous Odds, a crime drama about sports betting; she’s developing Beautiful Things and Augmented with veteran producer Denise DiNovi; she partnered with Donald De Line, Amy Pascal and Rock Shaink to produce the Robin Hood reimagining Marian; and let’s not forget that she’s a producer on WB/DC’s Birds of Prey movie, having been the driving force behind that project, which will see her reprise her role as Harley Quinn. She also recently wrapped Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in which she plays slain movie star Sharon Tate. She’s represented by CAA, Management 360 and Aran Michael Management.

Rideback is currently in post-production on Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin and WB’s animated sequel Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The company is also developing a horror movie based on the viral sensation Dear David for New Line, as Collider first reported.

Wray, who is also writing one of the Game of Thrones spinoff movies, is repped by WME and Grandview. Sharpe is repped by APA, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

Source: collider.com/

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‘Dollface’: Hulu Orders Margot Robbie-Produced Comedy Series Starring Kat Dennings.

Hulu has given a series order to “Dollface” a comedy starring and executive produced by Kat Dennings, with Margot Robbie attached as an executive producer as well.

Dennings will play a young women who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

The project comes from writer Jordan Weiss, ABC Signature Studios, with Robbie and Brett Hedblom from LuckyChap Entertainment producing alongside Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan from Clubhouse Pictures, and Nicole King and Stephanie Laing. Matt Spicer will executive produce and direct the first episode.

“Jordan is an exciting, new voice that has something specific and provocative to say about her generation,“ said Hulu’s senior VP of content, Craig Erwich. “As we seek out fresh perspectives and new, thought-provoking projects, ‘Dollface’ is exactly the type of relatable, yet distinct, series we know our audience will love. We can’t wait to work with Jordan and Kat, as well as our partners at ABC Signature Studios, LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures, to bring this series to life.“

“Angie Tribeca” executive producer Ira Ungerleider will serve as showrunner. The 10-episode series will begin production next year.

“Reading Jordan’s script was like opening a window into my own brain,” said Dennings. “I’m so inspired by the stellar team we have around us and the unique world of this show, especially with Matt Spicer at the helm.”

The series marks Hulu’s third project with ABC Signature Studios following the recent pick-up of “Little Fires Everywhere,” as well as the first joint TV production project for LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures, who together recently produced Robbie’s “I, Tonya” and who are in active pre-production on the untitled “Birds of Prey” film at Warner Bros.

Source: thewrap.com/

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Margot Robbie tip to play Jan Stephenson.

In an interview with Jan Stephenson on Golf Australia’s “Inside The Ropes”, Stephenson who has hoped to have a movie made about her career, she also has said one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses wanted to portray her rise from young Sydney athlete to become the face of the LPGA Tour.

“We’ve talked about doing a movie, Margot Robbie wants to play me,” Stephenson said.
“We’re very close to negotiating it and finishing (the deal).”

So looks like Margot may return to Aus at some stage to act and possibly produce the film like she did with “I, Tonya”? We will just have to wait and see.

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