Greta Gerwig will direct Barbie live-action movie starring Margot Robbie

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Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz - Getty Images

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig has officially signed on to direct the live-action Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie.

The Little Women director will also co-write the screenplay with her writer and director partner Noah Baumbach, while Robbie will fill the tiny plastic shoes of the iconic Mattel doll.

The actress recently let slip that Gerwig would be helming the project during an interview with British Vogue, which has now been confirmed by Variety.

"Right, it comes with a lot of baggage!" the Bombshell star said of the film. "And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it.

"People generally hear 'Barbie’ and think, 'I know what that movie is going to be,' and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, 'Oh, well, maybe I don't…'"

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz - Getty Images

Fans of Ladybird's Gerwig will be intrigued to see what she has in store for the blonde plastic doll, which has long been criticised for its damaging and unrealistic portrayal of a woman's body.

Amy Schumer was previously attached to the project, and was set to play an "imperfect" Barbie doll who refused to conform to the crowd of other Barbies. Schumer dropped out, and Anne Hathaway was then pitted to take over.

After a series of delays, the movie moved from Sony to Warner Bros. and Mattel, the company which created the plastic doll, which formed its own film division so it could also produce the feature. Robbie then signed up for the title role.

Production is due to begin in London in early 2022, with a theatrical release planned for 2023.

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