It’s official: Following reports that Margot Robbie was in talks to star in and produce the long-developing Barbie movie for Warner Bros., Variety now confirms that the most obvious project in history is moving forward. The studio has closed a deal with Mattel, the toy manufacturer behind the iconic doll who has held pretty much every career you can think of (as long as it doesn’t involve cleaning toilets).
“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery,” Robbie says in an official statement. “Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president.” Aspirational roles not mentioned: Astronaut, dog walker, the second time she ran for president, dolphin trainer, the third time she ran for president, white girl rapper, baby photographer, and the fourth time she ran for president.
Barbie is the second iconic blonde Robbie will play for the studio: In addition to the live-action Mattel film, Robbie is set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn for Birds Of Prey, an all-female DC character ensemble co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Chris Messina. Also known by the ridiculous title Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), the film will be directed by Cathy Yan from a screenplay by Christina Hodson.