It's taken some time for this movie to get off the ground. Originally, Amy Schumer was slated for the role. She stepped down due to scheduling conflicts, writing in a statement, "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." Shortly after, Anne Hathaway's name was floating around as Schumer's potential replacement, but almost two years later, Robbie has closed the deal.
"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," Robbie told E! News in a statement. "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. I can't imagine better partners than Warner Bros. and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen."
Before she steps onto the screen as Barbie, Robbie is playing another iconic role: Sharon Tate. She stars as the public figure in Quentin Tarantino's adaptation of the 1969 murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and her transformation is proof that she'll be perfect for her upcoming role as a different notable blonde.
According to IMDB, the Barbie movie is due out in 2020.