Praise Be! Barbie’s Getting A Live Action Movie

Anne Hathaway is looking to go blonde and star in the upcoming Barbie movie.
The Oscar-winning star is in negotiations to star in the live-action comedy, after Amy Schumer dropped out, due to scheduling conflicts. No word on who will play Barbie’s long-time love, Ken, but we hope somewhere Chris Hemsworth’s phone is ringing. While we wait for our sparkle fix, here are our all-time favourite toy stories…

The Smurfs

the smurfs
Source: Columbia Pictures

Every child of the 80s had a stash of these tiny blue creatures, but it took decades for the Smurfs to reach the big screen.  In the 2011 live-action animation movie Papa Smurf and his family get lost in the urban jungle of New York and must escape the evil clutches of Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Pop singer Katy Perry voiced giggly Smurfette, with Neil Patrick Harris as token human Patrick Winslow. A follow up, Smurfs 2 was released in 2013.


Transformers movie
Source: DreamWorks

Director Michael Bay brought the beloved Hasbro and Tomy robot action figures to the big screen in 2007, thrilling a generation of fans who grew up playing with heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons. In the original CGI-packed movie, teenager Sam Witwicky (Shia Le Bouf) and Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) join Optimus Prime to battle Megatron. Four other Transformers movies followed, including this year’s The Last Knight. A Bumblebee spin-off is due in 2018.


Trolls movie
Source: DreamWorks Animation

The hair-raising, perpetually upbeat dolls made their movie debut in 2016 in a musical comedy that put audiences in their happy place. Featuring an all-star vocal cast including Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani, the trolls embark on a quest to save their village from destruction by the Bergens, creatures who eat trolls so they can feel happy. Trolls 2 will skip into cinemas in 2020.

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie movie

Everything was awesome in the 2014 The Lego Moviewhich pieced together a story about clueless but lovable Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), a humble construction worker who finds himself joining Wyldstyle and Batman to save the world from evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell). More Lego Movies have followed, with this year’s Gotham-themed The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie (coming this September).

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