August 12, 2004 08:00 AM

Julia Roberts, who is expecting twins, is already playing with dolls.

The Erin Brockovich Oscar winner is bringing the “American Girl” dolls to life as the executive producer of a new TV movie, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, set to premiere Thanksgiving week.

American Girl, a division of Barbie’s parent company, Mattel, is a current retail sensation, having already spawned several themed stores – including a flagship near Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center – as well as doll hospitals and restaurants with place settings for dolls.

The WB’s made-for-TV movie, which will be that network’s first, is set to premiere Nov. 23, reports the Associated Press. It will star AnnaSophia Robb, 10, as the title character; Mia Farrow, 59, as her grandmother; and Kelsey Lewis, 9, as Irish maid doll Nellie O’Malley.

Set in 1904, the movie is based on the popular American Girl dolls and their companion books, and will explore the girls’ different worlds and the challenges they face together – including Nellie’s snowy escape from a New York orphanage.

Meanwhile, Julia’s 13-year-old niece, Emma Roberts, is due to make her TV debut as awkwardly adorable teen Addie Singer, in Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous, due to premiere Sept. 12 as part of the new TEENick lineup.

Emma’s previous credits include playing the daughter of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in the 2001 film Blow and a leading role in Grand Champion, an independent feature soon to be released.

You May Like

EDIT POST