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Margot Robbie to play Barbie in new live-action movie

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Robbie has been roped in to play the role of in the upcoming live-action

The "Suicide Squad" is also set to co-produce the live action movie under her LuckyChap banner, alongside and from LuckyChap Entertainment, reports

"This project is a great start to our partnership with and .. And is the ideal producer and to bring to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today's audiences," Toby Emmerich, of Pictures Group, said in a statement.

Robbie added: "Playing with 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 to

"I'm so honoured to take on this role and produce a that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide."

"Barbie" was originally being developed at Sony, with being tapped to star. The "Trainwreck" actress dropped out of the project in 2016 due to a scheduling conflict. was later rumoured to take the lead role, but it was never confirmed.

The story reportedly follows a character who gets kicked out of the perfect Barbieland because she doesn't quite fit the mould. After she's exiled, she sets out on a journey to the real world and eventually discovers that being unique is an asset.

The movie is likely to release in 2020.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 16:56 IST