Margot Robbie is in talks to star in a Barbie movie that is moving from Sony to Warner Bros., an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Robbie will also produce alongside Mattel president Robbie Brenner. In 2014, it was announced Mattel would be partnering with Sony for a movie based on the popular doll, and at one point, Amy Schumer was attached to star. Schumer later dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, and Anne Hathaway was set to step in.
The release date then moved from August 8 this year to May 8, 2020. The rights then went back to Mattel earlier this year.
The script for “Barbie” has been worked on by various writers, with Diablo Cody, Lindsey Beer, Jenny Bicks, Kim Caramele, Bert V. Royal and Hilary Winston all sharing writing credit. When Schumer was first cast in the role, the original synopsis for the film followed a Barbie doll who goes to the real world after finding that she does not fit in the doll world because of her unique nature.
Robbie currently has a full plate, as she will next star in “Mary Queen of Scots” and is filming Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in which she will star as Sharon Tate. She is also working with Warner Bros. on DC’s “Birds of Prey,” where she will reprise her role as Harley Quinn.
Robbie is represented by CAA, Management 360 and Narrative.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.