Margot Robbie has portrayed the infamous Tonya Harding and the villainous Harley Quinn, now she can add another iconic blonde to her resume, Barbie.  Warner Bros has officially signed Robbie to star in their upcoming live-action Barbie movie.  So, her casting could point to a stronger, more powerful, and empowering version of the character.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016)


“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,” said a statement from Robbie. “I’m so honored 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.”

Margot Robbie


Plans for a live-action film starring the world’s most well-known doll have been in development for years.  Sony Pictures was originally going to shoot the film, but Variety reports that the maker of Barbie, Mattel, has solidified a partnership with Warner Bros.  Robbie will also co-produce the film through her production company LuckyChap Entertainemnt.

Former front runners to portray the iconic role model included Anne Hathaway and Amy Schumer.  Schumer would have played a more modern Barbie that would be “a contemporary spin with an emphasis on feminism and identity.”  However, scheduling conflicts prevented her from taking the role. Whether the current film will follow the same idea is unknown.

Amy Schumer


Margot Robbie is a big part of Warner Bros future superhero plans, appearing in both Birds of Prey and a possible Suicide Squad sequel.  While there is currently no director attached to the Barbie film, rumors at the studio are pointing toward Patty Jenkins.  She successfully brought Wonder Woman to the big screen, so asking her to direct another film with a high-profile feminine icon is a no-brainer.  So, with Robbie starring and Jenkins directing, could Barbie get a make-over as powerful as Jason Mamoa playing Aquaman?

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman (2017) Directed by Patty Jenkins