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Mattel strikes Barbie movie deal with Warner Bros and secures Margot Robbie for title role

It looks like Barbie will finally be making her big screen debut, after all, with a live-action film now signed between Mattel and Warner Bros.

In a first for the brand, the live-action film will star Academy Award-nominated Margot Robbie as Barbie.

Robbie will also co-produce the film under he LuckyChap Entertainment Banner, alongside Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara from LuckyChap Entertainment..

Barbie marks the first announced deal coming out of Mattel’s newly-established Mattel Films, led by Academy Award-nominated producer Robbie Brenner, as well as the first collaboration between Mattel Films and Warner Bros. Pictures.

Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel, said: “Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen. 

"We look forward to building on this collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures as we tell the stories of our beloved brands. Mattel Films is on a path to demonstrate the enormous potential of our brand portfolio, as we continue to execute on our strategy of transforming Mattel into an IP-driven, high performing toy company.”

“This project is a great start to our partnership with Ynon and Mattel Films,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. 

“And, Margot is the ideal producer and actress to bring Barbie to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today’s audiences.”

Margot Robbie, added: “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. 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.”

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