Everyone knows who Barbie is but seeing her in a live-action movie is a whole different story, in walks Margot Robbie, the worlds real-life Barbie… well soon to be anyway.
Live-action films are all the rage at the moment and it seems every Disney film we loved as children are getting to shine in the limelight once more. Who isn’t excited about the upcoming Lion King?
Next on the movie line is Barbie.
Mattel and Warner Brothers have teamed up to make a live-action movie all about Barbie and they have cast Margot Robbie, famous for her roles in Suicide Squad and The Wolf of Wallstreet, as the toy.
Margot Robbie is an Australian actress and film producer. She has received nominations for an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Awards. In 2017, Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Forbes featured her on its 30 Under 30 list.
Born and raised on a farm in Dalby, Queensland, Robbie studied drama at Somerset College. She began her career in Australian independent films in the late 2000s, before working in the soap opera Neighbours (2008–2011), which earned her two Logie Award nominations. After moving to the United States, she starred in the short-lived ABC drama series Pan Am (2011–2012). In 2013, she had a supporting role in the romantic comedy About Time, and made her breakthrough later that year, by co-starring in Martin Scorsese’s biographical black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie launched a production company, named LuckyChap Entertainment in 2014.
Her profile continued to grow with leading roles in the romantic drama Focus (2015), as Jane Porter Clayton in the action-adventure film The Legend of Tarzan (2016), and as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn in the superhero film Suicide Squad (2016). Robbie received critical acclaim in 2017 for her portrayal of the disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the biographical film I, Tonya, which she also produced, receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots (2018), brought her nominations for the BAFTA Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She recently spoke to USA Today about her once in a lifetime opportunity.
“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.”
According to tabloids, the movie is said to follow Barbie embracing her imperfections but as of yet, this hasn’t been officially confirmed. Neither has a release date but we don’t mind the wait.
This is exciting news for every woman that grew up playing Barbie. Now can we also have a live-action Toy Story? What childhood movie would you like to see as a live-action next?