Once in a blue moon, a film achieves the perfect casting. Like when Daniel Day-Lewis played Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, or when Kevin Spacey played a shady creep in literally all of his movies. Pulling this off in a live-action toy movie, like the upcoming Barbie, has to be even harder, because you need to find someone who looks like a wildly unreasonable standard for beauty while still being able to act less wooden than an actual doll. Luckily, there is one Hollywood star who fits that bill and then some: Margot Robbie.
In recent "no duh" news, Robbie has signed on to star in the upcoming live-action Barbie movie, based on the iconic fashion character from the 1997 debut hit by Aqua. Surprisingly, Robbie wasn't Mattel and Warner Bros. first choice, having first cast Anne Hathaway and Amy Schumer in the role of the current feminist YouTube vlogger. But nabbing Robbie, who does look like she came into existence after a computer simulation by two horny teenagers got into a freak electrical accident, feels like the ideal no-brainer -- which is, incidentally, the exact quote that got Matthew Lillard cast as Shaggy in Scooby-Doo.
So having found the perfect Barbie for Barbie, the question now is "What the hell will a Barbie movie even be about?" But if whispers concerning the possible plot are anything to go by, Barbie won't be some airheaded two-hour toy commercial like Transformers. Expect it to be the type of self-referential silly comedy that tackles issues of expectation and standards, sort of like Legally Blonde meets The Lego Movie.
But with Robbie starring and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins possibly at the helm, this movie could turn out to be a subversive masterpiece like Josie And The Pussycats (fight me on this). And at the very least, it'll be worth it just to eventually witness the culture shock of a bunch of future grown-up kids finding out Barbie is anatomically correct halfway through The Wolf Of Wall Street.
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