Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig will direct Margot Robbie in a new film based on the Barbie doll.
It was previously announced Gerwig would write the script for the live-action movie, a joint project between Warner Bros and Barbie manufacturer Mattel.
Speaking to British Vogue, two-time Oscar nominee Robbie revealed Gerwig’s involvement with the film had extended to taking the director’s chair.
The Australian actress, 31, said Barbie, which was launched in 1959, “comes with a lot of baggage” and “a lot of nostalgic connections”.
She added: “But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it. People generally hear Barbie and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t…’ ”
Variety said production of the film was due to start next year.
Robbie, whose parents are Scottish, is best known for The Wolf of Wall Street.
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