Margot Robbie has a few tiny plastic shoes to fill, but with director Greta Gerwig paving the driveway of her dream home, it seems less likely that Barbie will trip over those stilettos. On July 9, 2021, Variety confirmed that Little Women director Gerwig will direct the live-action Barbie movie, with Robbie attached as Mattel’s size zero superstar. Under Gerwig’s direction, the blonde icon who has juggled her careers as president, doctor, teacher, fashion designer and Olympian will be forced to confront her feminist critics.
robbie revealed in a british vogue cover story: “yeah, she comes with a lot of baggage! and many nostalgic connections. but with that comes a lot of exciting ways to attack it.” Here’s what we know so far about the doll drama.
when will the movie be released?
Barbie hits theaters July 21, 2023. Warner Bros. She announced the news with a first look at Robbie in character, covered in pink.
the warner brothers. The project was first announced in 2019, but plenty of other projects — and, not to mention, a pandemic — have kept Gerwig and Robbie busy in the meantime. Variety confirms that Gerwig and co-writer Noah Baumbach would finalize the script after completing work on the 2022 Baumbach-directed film White Noise.
who plays ken?
On October 22, 2021 it was announced that Ryan Gosling was in final negotiations for the role of Ken, Barbie’s well-known romantic interest and a wonderful choice for a leading man to star alongside Robbie. Apparently, Gosling initially turned down the role, saying he was too busy, but the production delay lined him up with a free spot on his schedule. Gosling recently ended up in the Russo Brothers’ Netflix movie The Gray Man, starring opposite Chris Evans.
on June 15, 2022, warner bros. pictures released a stunning first look at gosling in the infamous role, complete with bleached blonde hair, a denim vest, and a spray tan, no less.
who else is in the cast?
Barbie is shaping up to be a star-studded mass production. Will Ferrell is said to be playing the CEO of a toy company. Saturday Night Live star Kate Mckinnon, Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu and America Ferrera will also star in undisclosed roles. Together, they join Issa Rae (Insecure), Michael Cera (Very Mean), Marisa Abela (Industry), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night Out in Miami), Rhea Perlman (Health), Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Ed), Emerald Fennell (the crown, promising young director), sharon rooney (dumbo), scott evans (one life to live, grace and frankie), ana cruz kayne (painkiller), connor swindells (sex education), ritu arya (red notice, the academy umbrella ), jamie demetriou (fleabag, the afterparty), robbie doppelgänger emma mackey (sex education), alexandra shipp (tick, tick…boom!), hari nef (assassin nation, transparent) and ariana greenblatt (young gamora in avengers : infinity war).
Most of the roles remain under wraps, as plot details are still being kept under wraps.
what will the story be about?
gerwig will write the script with marriage story baumbach, which means this won’t be your typical toy-to-television adaptation.
“people usually hear ‘barbie’ and think, ‘i know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that greta gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘oh, well, maybe i don’t.. .” Robbie said in British fashion.
while we wait for more news, could we suggest a new version of the groundbreaking 2004 movie barbie: the princess and the pauper?
has barbie finished production?
On Saturday, July 16, some members of the barbie cast shared a celebratory photo to commemorate the end of the film. Both actresses, Hari Nef and Sharon Rooney, posted the image on Instagram. The image included Gerwig, as well as Robbie and America Ferrera from their last day on set, all screaming at the camera.
also pictured were alexandra shipp and ana cruz kayne, plus a few other members of the study group.
“Barbie a true gift,” Rooney wrote in the caption.