“Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig, along with Noah Baumbach have signed on to co-write Warner Bros.’ live-action Barbie movie with Margot Robbie starring. Gerwig is also in talks to possibly direct the film.
A live-action Barbie movie has been in the works as far back as 2014, when Amy Schumer was set to star. After she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, Anne Hathaway stepped up, but that version was also delayed. Eventually, Robbie was cast in the title role. The script has gone through multiple versions and it remains to be seen what Gerwig and Baumbach’s story will focus on. When Schumer was attached, the film was said be a “new take” on the decades-old brand, following an imperfect Barbie who leaves her plastic life behind and has to make it in the real world.
Gerwig and Baumbach previously collaborated on indie hits like Mistress America and Frances Ha. Baumbach is currently working on an untitled Netflix movie starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, while Gerwig is finishing up her Little Women movie with Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Meryl Streep.
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