Will Ferrell has signed on to act with Margot Robbie in Warner Bros.’ remake of the Mattel toy icon Barbie.
Robbie leads a cast that includes Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon and Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, and America Ferrera in the role of the fashion-forward doll.
The film’s script was written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, and Gerwig directed it. The manufacturing process has already begun.
The plot is being kept under wraps at a Malibu dream house, but sources say there is a meta element to the proceedings. Ferrell is said to be portraying the CEO of a toy firm, which may be Mattel or not.
Robbie is also producing the film under her LuckyChap label, alongside Tom Ackerley of LuckyChap. Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films and David Heyman of Paddington fame are also producing.
Ferrell‘s first feature film since Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga in 2020 will be Barbie. He recently starred alongside Paul Rudd in Apple TV’s grim comedy The Shrink Next Door.
UTA, Mosaic, and Jackoway Austen are his agents.