Margot Robbie will star as Barbie in a new live-action film about the iconic doll.
The Wolf Of Wall Street and Suicide Squad star will also serve as a producer on the project, which is a joint venture between Hollywood studio Warner Bros and toy manufacturer Mattel.
Robbie, 28, said she was “honoured” to take on the role of Barbie, who has become a worldwide phenomenon since debuting at the American International Toy Fair in New York in 1959.
“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery,” said the Australian actress.
“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.
a close up of a woman who is smiling and looking at the camera: Robbie said Barbie was ’empowering’ to children© Getty Robbie said Barbie was ’empowering’ to children
“I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”
The film will mark the first time the toy has been brought to the big screen outside the realm of animation, having made a number of memorable appearances in the Toy Story series.
Mattel has also produced several straight-to-DVD cartoons starring the doll.
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