Mattel’s live-action Barbie movie has had some trouble in the past few years, with losing its then-lead actress Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Snatched) and suffering a host of other setbacks before ultimately being tabled in 2017. Now, it seems Mattel has revived the project, and reports are that Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, I, Tonya) is set to star in the film.
According to Variety, Robbie will also produce the film under LuckyChap Entertainment, a production company she founded in 2014. Though she’ll be producing and starring in the film, Barbie hasn’t found a home yet. It was previously set up by Sony Pictures, but Mattel took the rights to the IP back after Sony missed its opportunity. There were also reports that Warner Bros. was attached, but substantial details have yet to be revealed.
It was first announced in December 2016 that Schumer was in “early talks” to play the lead role in Mattel’s live-action adaptation. While unofficial at the time, the project’s original writer, Hilary Winston (My Name is Earl, The Lego Ninjago Movie), suggested she wrote the role for Schumer. Schumer subsequently dropped the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Variety states that the story is along the lines of Enchanted and Big, in that the main character finds herself kicked out of Barbieland and thrust into the real world. With Robbie now set to star in the film, it’s unclear if the project will stick to the original script.
It was expected to open in Summer 2018, but the date has been pushed. Reports now say that Barbie is slated for a May 8, 2020 release date.