Of course we don’t even know what take Universal will have on its live-action movie based on Mattel’s 50-year-old Barbie doll. Will it be a broad family comedy? What period? Tone? Mattel’s sixteen animated videos sold 75 million units worldwide. Now they’re gearing up a movie based on the universally recognized girl toy.
The blogosphere is already throwing casting ideas around. It’s fascinating who people think Barbie should be. Is she 20 or 30-something? She’s been everything over the years: college student, housewife, secretary. I suspect they should cast an unknown as the impossibly long-legged, wasp-waisted, pointy-boobed blonde, a la Christopher Reeve and Superman.
Most serious actresses would turn their nose up at the role. But let’s play the casting game anyway. Here are some of the names I culled from the internet. Who did we miss?