Will Ferrell joins the line up for the Barbie movie (not as Barbie)

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Will Ferrell joins Margot Robbie in the Barbie movie, that Greta Gerwig is set to direct: more information right here.

Our intrigue in the big screen take on Barbie, the iconic Mattel toy doll, continues to grow with each announcement about the project.

According to reports, Will Ferrell is now set to appear in the film, which is definitely set to be subversive in some way, with star, Margot Robbie – who is also producing the project under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner – speaking in the past about how the movie won’t be what audiences expect.

That also seems to be borne out by the rumours that Ferrell is ‘said to be playing the CEO of a toy company that may or not be Mattel in the film which reportedly has a meta aspect to the proceedings.’

Whichever way you look at this project, it has the potential to be something special. In front of the camera, Robbie and Ferrell will be joined by Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey and America Ferrera. Behind the camera, the rather exciting creative team of Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach penned the script, and what’s more, Gerwig is directing it, following on from her excellent adaptation of Little Women.

The only real question here is how far toymaker Mattel, who owns the rights to the Barbie intellectual property, will allow the filmmakers to go with the project. As mentioned, Robbie has promised in the past that it won’t be what many expect. On deciding to take the project, Robbie was equally adamant that the film would challenge stereotypes, whereas the iconic Mattel toy upon which the film is based has been accused for many years of the opposite. As she argues, “can we truly honour the IP and the fan base and also surprise people? Because if we can do all that and provoke a thoughtful conversation, then we’re really firing on all cylinders.”

We’re certainly interested, with the announcement of Ferrell’s involvement only making us more intrigued, especially as the actor hasn’t released anything in the last year or two.  When we can expect this in cinemas, we don’t yet know but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

The Hollywood Reporter

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