Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig has officially signed “Barbie”, the long-awaited big screen on the iconic Mattel doll story starring Margot Robbie.
Gerwig has been on board the Warner Bros. project since 2019, when the actor and filmmaker signed to co-write the film’s script with Noah Baumbach. Since then, rumors have swirled that Gerwig had been aware of leading the project, but the deal was not officially implemented.
However, during her cover interview for British Vogue’s August 2021 issue, Robbie accidentally remarked that Gerwig’s creative vision would extend beyond the script and into the director’s chair. Sources confirmed the development to Variety.
When discussing the film, the Oscar-nominated actor and producer first acknowledged that Barbie “comes with a lot of baggage! And a lot of nostalgic connections. ”
“But with that comes many exciting ways to attack it,”
In terms of production status for “Barbie”, Gerwig and Baumbach are currently filming his latest feature “White Noise”, in which Gerwig plays. After the project wrapping, the couple next turns their attention to the toy story, which is set to start production in early 2022 at Warner Bros. ‘Leavesden Studios in London. A theatrical release from 2023 is planned.
News that Gerwig will take on assignments for the film may not come as a surprise to some, especially given the actress and filmmaker’s success with her breakout features in 2017’s “Lady Bird” and “Little Women” in 2019, which combined an 11 Oscar nominations and a win, including a nod to Best Director (making Gerwig one of seven women ever nominated).
As Robbie noted in his comments to Vogue, Gerwig’s admirers will eagerly await the chance to see what her instructional sensitivity brings to this new perspective on the plastic icon.
Not much is revealed about the film’s plot, including details of exactly which of Barbie’s plastic playmates will be shown (What about Ken? Skipper? Christie?). But Robbie told earlier Sort of Marc Malkin that the film serves as “a great opportunity to put something positive out into the world and a chance to be ambitious for younger children.”
In addition to starring in the film, Robbie also produces the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment production banner, coming out of her own Oscar-winning run for last year’s ‘Promising Young Woman.’ Producers on “Barbie” also include LuckyChaps’s Tom Ackerley and Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner, starring Josey McNamara and Ynon Kreiz.