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Is the ‘Polly Pocket’ Movie Even Happening Anymore?


Following the success of Barbie, Mattel is going all out with a roster of toy-centric movies, and next on the list seems to be a Polly Pocket movie. According to Forbes, the toy company has over 45 films in the works as part of what people are already referring to as the Mattel Cinematic Universe — let the fight for the initials commence — with plans that expand way past potential Barbie sequelsVariety confirmed that out of those 45 prospective movies, 14 titles are currently in active development, including UnoAmerican Girl, Barney, and, of course, Polly Pocket.

First launched in the 1980s, the Polly Pocket dolls are way smaller than Barbies in size, but pack an equal punch. The mini-doll has undergone multiple transformations throughout the decades in the plastic world, but it’s also expanded its presence way past toy stores. The Polly Pocket universe includes fashion collaborations, multiple films, web series, a TV series, and now, this upcoming live-action adaptation.

The Polly Pocket live-action movie, fronted by Lily Collins, has been in the works for a bit, but it picked up even more steam post-Barbie. Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner and Kevin McKeon will oversee the project. If you are dying to know more details about the upcoming film, fret not because we have collated them all here. Here’s everything you need to know about Mattel’s Polly Pocket movie — especially after Lena Dunham’s departure.

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Who will direct the Polly Pocket movie?

Your guess is as good as ours. Much of the buzz around the Barbie movie was attached to director Greta Gerwig, and Polly Pocket was set to follow suit when it was originally slated to be directed by another familiar name: Lena Dunham.

“Polly Pocket was responsible for countless hours of childhood escapism for me – Polly gave me a tiny world of magic and autonomy to narrate, so it’s pretty poetic to be tackling these same ideas now as a director,” Dunham shared in 2021. “I’m so thrilled to bring to bear both my love of this historic property and also my deep-seated belief that young women need smart, playful films that speak to them without condescension.”

Lena Dunham in 2022

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However, in July 2024, Dunham announced she would no longer be part of the project. “I’m not going to make the Polly Pocket movie,” Dunham told The New Yorker, admitting she had already written the script and had been working on the film for three years.

“I think Greta [Gerwig] managed this incredible feat [with Barbie], which was to make this thing that was literally candy to so many different kinds of people and was perfectly and divinely Greta. And I just — I felt like, unless I can do it that way, I’m not going to do it,” Dunham continued. “I don’t think I have that in me. I feel like the next movie I make needs to feel like a movie that I absolutely have to make. No one but me could make it. And I did think other people could make Polly Pocket.”

Originally, it was reported that production for the Polly Pocket movie in the hands of MGM and Dunham’s own company, Good Thing Going.

Who’s in the cast of the Polly Pocket movie?

For now, the only cast member of the Polly Pocket movie that has been revealed is Emily in Paris star Lily Collins. Collins is set to star in the titular doll role, and she sure looks super excited to be stepping into the tiny shoes. “As a child who was obsessed with Polly Pocket, this is a real dream come true, and I can’t wait to bring these tiny toys to the big screen,” the actor shared when the film was first announced.

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