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Actress Margot Robbie is set to earn HUGE praise for her role in Mary, Queen of Scots, and now the Australian is set to star in a totally different movie.

She's officially signed on to produce and star in a live-action BARBIE movie, E! News reported today.

Warner Bros. and Mattel have struck up a partnership to bring the franchise to the cinemas in it's first ever live-action take on the famous doll.

Chairman of Warner Bros, Toby Emmerich, commented on Margot's new role in the project;

"Margot is the ideal producer and actress to bring Barbie to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today's audiences." Robbie intends on co-producing the movie under LuckyChap Entertainment.

The 28-year-old actress released a statement expressing her delight at playing the role of Barbie;

"Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child's journey to self-discovery. Over the brand's almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "I'm so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can't imagine better partners than Warner Bros. and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen."

Tom Ackerley, Margot's husband, as well as her business partner are also co-producers. Mattel took back the rights after the option passed on Sony's deal, and Robbie signed a first-look negotiation with Warner Bros in 2016.

Chairman and CEO of Mattel, said in a statement; "Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen. We look forward to building on this collaboration with Warner Bros Pictures as we tell the stories of our beloved brands."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amy Schumer was previously roped in to portray the titular doll she dropped out in 2017, saying in a statement, "Sadly, I'm no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts. The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I'm bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen." 

A director or release date has yet to be assigned. 

We can't wait to see what Margot does with this role, she really can be anything she wants. Barbie inspo 101.

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*Disclaimer: Mild spoilers ahead*

Based on the true life story of Olympic figure skater, Tonya Harding, and told in the style of a dark mockumentray, I, Tonya follows the rise and fall of one of America's most talked about athletes.

From her troubled home life and abusive relationship to the infamous attack on ice skater Nancy Kerrigan, viewers are given a no holes barred account of the events that led to the collapse of her professional career.

Brilliantly portrayed by the excellent Margot Robbie, Tonya Harding is anything but your typical skater.

Brash yet likeable in equal measures, her feisty attitude is apparent right from the get go.

Raised primarily by her over-bearing mother, played by Allison Janney, viewers are first introduced to Tonya at the tender age of four when, despite being told she is too young, she signs up for figure skating classes at her local ice rink.

Determined to be at the top of her game, she dedicates her entire childhood to perfecting her technique, before dropping out of high-school to focus on skating full-time.

It's from this point onwards that everything seems to gop down hill for the up-and coming star.

From toxic living situations and an abusive partner to unwanted media attention and socio-economic prejudice, one can't help but feel Tonya was dealt a fairly sh*t hand. 

Sure, she's a little rough around the edges, but her desire to succeed and love for her sport make her this year's ultimate cinematic anti-heroine. 

One of the most impressive things about the film is how director, Craig Gillespie, manages to effortlessly break the fourth wall with the help of fictional interviews dotted throughout the film.

With that, viewers are presented with various perspectives, and thus allowed to choose what version of events to believe. 

The truth is there is not truth – and that's what makes I, Tonya such an exciting watch. 

Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie 

Gripping from start to finish, I, Tonya is without a doubt Margot Robbie's most powerful performance to date. 

Funny, dynamic and above all, thought provoking, each scene is better than the last. 

Our rating – 4 stars! 

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From the trials and tribulations of Ramsay Street to playing the wife of corrupt stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, former Neighbours star Margot Robbie has come a long way in six years. In fact, we reckon 2016 is going to be her biggest year yet.

With three major movies to be released in the next few months alone and the announcement today that she is set to portray disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding in a new biopic, the future is all sunny skies for the Aussie beauty.

Here’s just a few reasons everyone will be talking about Margot Robbie this year…

She’s starring alongside one of comedy’s biggest names
From the 22nd of April you can see Robbie in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey. The pair play two journalists sent to Afghanistan to report on the war.

She’ll be heading to the jungle, too
Tarzan, meet Jane… or should we say ‘meet Margot.’ Heading into the summer months you’ll catch Margot swinging from vines in The Legend of Tarzan alongside (her one-time rumoured fling) Alexander Skarsgard.

She’s trying her hand at some bad-ass comic book action
Possibly the most re-created Halloween costume from last year, Harley Quinn will come to life in this year’s Suicide Squad. And who plays the black-and-red bad girl? Yup, you’ve guessed it…

She’s just scored a MAJOR film role in I, Tonya
Margot’s latest casting, in the biopic of disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding, marks the first time Robbie will play the lead in a major motion picture. Harding had an incredibly tough rise to fame in the figure-skating world, before later being charged and imprisoned for her ties to the attacks on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. A very meaty role for the young actress and one that is already gathering a lot of interest.

Oh, and she KILLED it on the Oscars red carpet this year
The Aussie topped all of the best dressed lists at this year’s Academy Awards in shimmering gold custom Tom Ford. WIN.

 

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