Margot Robbie is to play iconic doll Barbie in a live-action film.
Robbie said that her experiences in Hollywood make her perfect for the role – she knows what it’s like to be treated as a cheap lump of plastic, being told what to wear, where to go and having little pervs try to peak up her skirt when they think nobody’s looking.
She’s also anticipating being ruthlessly discarded when a newer model comes along.
Worried about being typecast, Michael Fassbender has reportedly signed up to play Ken.
In a statement, Robbie said playing with the doll promoted “confidence, curiosity and communication”.
Confidence because nothing is more empowering than dressing a small being in a silly outfit before pulling their arms off; Curiosity because children wonder why Barbie doesn’t have any genitals; and Communication because the doll is often used to point out what the bad man did.
The film, which has yet to have a title, a director or a release date, marks the first collaboration between Warner Bros and Mattel.
The film is also yet to have a script. It’s still definitely a film though, insist shareholders.
If Barbie the movie is successful Mattel will next collaborate with Warner Bros on an adaptation of Scrabble. Mr T is lined up to star in an unknown role and Piers Morgan – in his acting debut- will play a great big C.
The first Barbie doll was introduced to the world at the New York Toy Fair in 1959.
The initial fifties range included bestsellers such as ‘Know Your Goddamn Place Woman’ Barbie, ‘Baby Making’ Barbie and the limited edition ‘Bored, Alcoholic Housewife’ Barbie.