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"I'm so honoured!" Margot Robbie scores the role of a lifetime

Let's face it, she couldn't be more like her ...

By Rebel Wylie
Margot Robbie is looking forward to playing possibly the most perfect role for her there could be … Barbie.
The Mary Queen of Scots star nabbed the live-action role based on the life of the iconic Mattel toy, after previous talks with Amy Shumer and Anne Hathaway fell through.
"I'm so honoured," Margot says of landing the iconic role. Image: Mattel
The 28-year-old Gold Coast star will also be co-producing the film under her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, which she runs with husband, Tom Ackerley.
In a statement to Variety Magazine, the Academy Award nominee expressed her joy at scoring the role.
"Playing with Barbie 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 princess to president," said Robbie.
"I'm so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can't imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen," the Wolf of Wall Street star said.
The 28-year-old star has a busy year ahead. Image: Getty Images.
The highly anticipated film will be the first production out of Mattel's new theatrical film division, launched in September last year to "develop motion pictures based on Mattel's iconic franchises".
Back in 2017, a Barbie Movie by Sony starring Amy Schumer and written by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody failed to proceed due to schedule conflicts.
There was soon talk of Anne Hathaway coming in as a replacement, but when Sony's option expired with nothing happening, there was room for Margot Robbie and Warner Bros to move in.
And boy, what a coup!
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The always humble Aussie star is certainly known for keeping things real. Early last year, she spoke to The Project, recalling the thrilling moment she discovered she received her first Oscar nominations for the film I, Tonya.
The nominations came rolling in just as the actress was thinking of leaving an after party thrown for the film's Australian premiere.
First the editor of I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel, was nominated. Then Allison Janney for best supporting actress.
And then came the blonde beauty's big moment…
"Then someone plugged their phone into the DJ booth so it was really loud just when they announced my name," she told The Project panel. "The whole room just went rahhhhhhh and we all started screaming and my mum was crying. It was amazing."
The star is a natural choice for th role of Barbie. Image: Getty Images.
2019 looks set to be a busy year for Robbie who, like many Aussie stars began her career on Ramsay Street as a Neighbours teen cast member.
In 2019 Robbie will appear as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, before donning the facepaint again for her role as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad spin-offs Birds of Prey and Gotham City Sirens.
Robbie will also play another iconic role, when she takes on Maid Marian in a film that, according to Variety follows the character's rise to power "after the love of her life, Robin Hood, dies".

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