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Who Should Play Barbie?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 26, 2009 at 5:37AM

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.
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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?

Who should play Barbie?
Katharine Heigl
Scarlett Johansson
Reese Witherspoon
Angelina Jolie
Charlize Theron
Amy Adams
Kate Bosworth
Amanda Seyfried
Christine Taylor
Christina Applegate
January Jones
Taylor Swift
Jessica Simpson
Christina Aguilera
Kristen Bell
Blake Lively
Cat Deeley
Anna Faris
  
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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.