Will Ferrell joins the cast of the next feature film with Margot Robbie Barbie
Will Ferrell has joined the cast of the upcoming romantic comedy film Barbie.
News of the 54-year-old entertainer was confirmed on Monday, and The Hollywood Reporter noted that he is set to portray the CEO of a toy company.
The project, which is based on the best-selling fashion doll line of the same name, has been in the works for several years and is expected to be released next year.
On the big screen: Will Ferrell has joined the cast of upcoming romantic comedy Barbie; it is seen in 2020
The outlet also reported that Ferrell’s character may or may not be the CEO of toy company Mattel, which has been making the dolls since 1959.
Many direct-to-TV movies based on the toys have been released over the years, with the first, titled Barbie in the Nutcracker, debuting in 2001.
Development of the live-action project began in 2014, when a film based on the toy line was greenlit.
Diablo Cody was brought in to provide rewrites for an early script, and Sony executives then tried out three different scriptwriters.
Long Ahead: The project, which is based on the best-selling fashion doll line of the same name, has been in the works for several years and is slated for release next year.
Amy Schumer previously signed on to play the film’s title character, although she left the project in 2017.
Anne Hathaway and director Patty Jenkins have also been attached to the feature at times.
Margot Robbie was eventually brought in to lead the cast for the next film, in which she will play the titular doll, in 2019.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress has also been confirmed as one of the producers on the project.
First Lady: Margot Robbie has finally been brought in to lead the cast of the upcoming film, in which she will play the titular doll, and she will be one of its producers; she is seen in 2020
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach signed on to write the film’s script the same year, and the former was confirmed as director last year.
Ryan Gosling also entered final negotiations to portray Barbie love interest Ken last October.
Several other performers, such as Alexandra Shipp, Simu Liu and Kate McKinnon, have joined the project’s cast in recent months.
Plot details are currently withheld from the public, although The Hollywood Reporter noted that the film could potentially have a meta aspect.
Ready for his close-up: Ryan Gosling also entered the final negotiation to portray Barbie love interest Ken last October; he is seen in 2018
Physical production on the feature began earlier this month in the UK.
Robbie opened up about signing on to the project during an interview with British Vogue, where she noted she was thrilled to play the world famous doll.
She said the role “comes with a lot of baggage! And lots of nostalgic connections. But it comes with a lot of exciting ways to attack it.
Ready to go: Robbie opened up about signing on to the project during an interview with British Vogue, where she noted she was thrilled to play the world famous doll
The performer was also convinced that the film would catch many of its viewers off guard with its content.
She said: “People usually hear ‘Barbie’ and think ‘I know what this movie is going to be’, and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing it and directing it, and they’re like ‘Oh, well, maybe. be I don’t know…”
Barbie is currently set to make her public debut on an unspecified date in 2023.
High Expectations: The performer was also convinced that the film would catch many of its viewers off guard with its content; co-writer and director Greta Gerwig is seen in 2020