Barbie movie has a director: Greta Gerwig has been hired

Barbie movie has a director: Greta Gerwig has been hired
Barbie movie has a director: Greta Gerwig has been hired

Greta Gerwig will be directing the upcoming live-action Barbie movie. 

The film's star and producer Margot Robbie told the August issue of British Vogue that the 37-year-old Oscar-nominated director will be directing the film. 

The project will start production in 2022. 

Exciting Hollywood news! Greta Gerwig will be directing the upcoming live-action Barbie movie. Pictured in 2020

Exciting Hollywood news! Greta Gerwig will be directing the upcoming live-action Barbie movie. Pictured in 2020

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The Ladybird and Little Women director was already tapped to write the film's screenplay, alongside her husband and frequent creative collaborator Noah Baumbach, 51.

However, the 31-year-old Bombshell actress had offhandedly mentioned that Greta would also be stepping into the directing role during an interview with British Vogue.

Speaking of developing a project centered on the sometimes controversial doll, she said, 'Right, it comes with a lot of baggage!' 

Great choice: Margot Robbie is slated to play the world's most iconic fashion doll and is also producing the project. Seen in 2020

Great choice: Margot Robbie is slated to play the world's most iconic fashion doll and is also producing the project. Seen in 2020

Cultural icon: Robbie will be bringing Ruth Handler's cultural icon to life in a film she hopes will 'honor the IP and the fan base and also surprise people'

Cultural icon: Robbie will be bringing Ruth Handler's cultural icon to life in a film she hopes will 'honor the IP and the fan base and also surprise people'

'And a lot of nostalgic connections,' Margot continued. '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..."' 

Greta and Noah are currently working on White Noise, a drama that Baumbach is directing and writing, and in which Gerwig is playing the lead role. Upon the completion of the project, they will begin pre-production on Barbie. 

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Recent hint: The 31-year-old Bombshell actress had offhandedly mentioned that Greta would also be stepping into the directing role during an interview with British Vogue magazine. (Greta and Margot pictured together in 2018)

Recent hint: The 31-year-old Bombshell actress had offhandedly mentioned that Greta would also be stepping into the directing role during an interview with British Vogue magazine. (Greta and Margot pictured together in 2018)

Filming is set to begin early 2022 at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios in London and the movie is expected to hit theaters in 2023.   

Margot had previously vowed to give audiences 'something totally different' with the film.

Opting for something 'a little left center,' when it comes to her portrayal of Barbie, the project will be produced by her LuckyChap Entertainment Company whose motto is, 'If it's not a f**k, yes, it's a no.'

Barbie girl: Margot says her upcoming Barbie film will be 'something totally different' than what people expect, as she and her LuckyChap Entertainment company like to be a 'little left of center'; pictured 2018

Interesting: Gerwig and Baumbach's script will be a more dystopian take on the historically 'perfect' Mattel doll

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