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Mattel Announces Plans for Live-Action ‘American Girl’ Movie

Another iconic doll is getting a live-action feature film – this time it’s American Girl!

Mattel Inc., has announced plans to develop the movie with Sierra Burgess is a Loser writer Lindsey Anderson Beer doing the screenplay and serving as producer.

“Growing up, my sister and I were American Girl girls,” Lindsey says. “I had Kirsten, and she had Molly. They didn’t feel like dolls to play with, rather real people whose worlds we got to imagine ourselves in. They are historically accurate toys and accessories that feature elaborate and immersive backstories uniquely suited to bring to screen. I am so excited to tell a story that tackles the issues of girlhood in a real and compelling way.”

The American Girl brand was founded in 1986 by Pleasant T. Rowland, a teacher-turned-entrepreneur who wanted to celebrate girlhood through dolls and books to combine both entertainment and education. The line represents a series of dolls of various ethnicities, from different eras through history.


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“American Girl is a beloved franchise, rich in history and storytelling with millions of devoted fans,” Robbie Brenner, President of Mattel Films, says.

“Through dolls, books, live experiences, and television movies, the brand has captured hearts for decades. We are excited to continue Mattel Films’ momentum and collaborate with Paramount Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, and Lindsey Anderson to bring American Girl to life on the big screen.”

There’s no word on cast, plot or release dates just yet.

Rather hilariously, Saturday Night Live did suggest the idea of an American Girl movie back in April: “Come for the fun!” they said in a trailer, after describing a doll whose friend died of cholera. “Stay for the overburdened preteens wearing four layers of petticoats and pantaloons!”

(Feature Image Credit: American Girl)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.