Live-action Polly Pocket movie to be written, directed by Lena Dunham and star Lily Collins

Micro-doll Polly Pocket is coming to the big screen. The live-action family comedy from Mattel and MGM that will be written and directed by Golden Globe-winner Lena Dunham (“Industry,” “Girls”) and star two-time Golden Globe-nominee Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris,” “Mank”) as Polly, a pocket-sized woman who forms a friendship with a young girl.

Polly Pocket Live-Action Movie - Lena Dunham and Lily Collins
Image courtesy of Mattel Films

“Polly Pocket is an iconic franchise that has resonated with children for more than three decades,” said Brenner of Mattel Films. “The incredible nostalgia that Polly evokes, coupled with Lena’s fresh approach and Lily’s take on the character, will introduce an entirely new interpretation of this classic brand to audiences. We look forward to working with MGM to produce a feature film that will appeal to the whole family.”

A 30-year old toy brand, Polly Pocket was reintroduced by Mattel in 2018 with a product line that pays homage to the doll’s history while also featuring updates for a new generation like hidden worlds and surprise formats.

“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 collaborating with the brilliant Lily Collins, […] Mattel, and MGM,” Dunham said. “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.”

Collins agrees: “Developing this project with […] Lena, Mattel, and MGM to reintroduce Polly in a fun, modern way has been such a treat,” she says. “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.”

Polly Pocket joins other Mattel Films projects in development, including movies based on American Girl, Barbie, Barney, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Thomas & Friends, UNO, View-Master, and Wishbone.

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