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Eeeeek! It’s happening: our first look at the Barbie movie has officially arrived. No, we’re not talking about Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses or Barbie and the Diamond Castle — we’re getting a real, live-action version featuring Margot Robbie in all of her pink-on-pink glory.
Mattel and Warner Bros are partnering to bring this ~iconic~ character to life for the first time with Margot Robbie both starring in and producing the film. That's a GirlBoss™ if we've ever seen one, which is fitting because Barbie herself has clocked hours at over 200 jobs according to Mattel. Margot spoke to Marc Malkin at Variety, saying that “I think it’s a great opportunity to put some positivity out in the world and a chance to be aspirational for younger kids.”
Warner Bros released the first teaser image back in May, and spoiler alert, it’s completely adorable. We’re screaming, crying, and throwing up over Barbie's bright pink convertible in this brand new sneak peek photo — and predicting a huge resurgence of pink fashion in the near future (tiny plastic shoes not included). In the meantime, here is everything we know so far about the upcoming Barbie movie.
Who is playing Barbie in the new movie?
After years of rumors swirling around the iconic doll's film, Margot Robbie was officially cast as Barbie in 2019. The movie announcement came out in 2014, with Amy Schumer initially landing the lead role. Amy dropped out due to creative differences and scheduling issues. It was then reported that Anne Hathaway would fill the spot before The Hollywood Reporter noted in 2017 that Margot was in talks to take the leading role.
What drew the Australian actress to this particular project? Margot told Harper's Bazaar, “I didn't want to pick up another script where I was the wife or the girlfriend — just a catalyst for the male storyline. It was uninspiring.”
The official Warner Bros Twitter account recently tweeted out a first-look image of Margot as Barbie. The actress grins at the camera, wearing a striped blue halter top and a polka-dotted blue headband with a chunky blue beaded bracelet on her wrist. Her signature blond hair is styled in loose waves. Margot sits in a bright pink convertible with her hands on the wheels, against a matching pink background.
Speaking of men, who's playing Ken?
The one and only Ryan Gosling will be playing Barbie's boyfriend, Ken — we're doodling virtual hearts already. And besties, we finally have a photo of the actor as Ken. Between his platinum blonde hair, shirtless, full-denim 'fit (good morning to Ryan Gosling's six-pack, and Ryan Gosling's six-pack only), and the all-pink background that appears to resemble Barbie's Dream House. We are in love.
According to an exclusive from Deadline, the dreamy Crazy, Stupid, Love actor initially passed on the role but eventually committed after his schedule freed up. Twitter reacted to this announcement in a frenzy — one user compared Ryan to a Ken doll, saying "The resemblance is uncanny."
Has the Barbie movie started filming yet?
Yes, and there are pics to prove it! The Daily Mail broke exclusive photos of Margot Robbie stepping out of her trailer in Los Angeles, decked out from head-to-toe in costume. Robbie was pictured on the Barbie set wearing a pair of pink flare jeans with groovy '70s stars and a lace-up closure, paired with a matching pink waistcoat that's completely on par with the Y2K tuxedo top trend. Her blonde hair was styled in loose waves.
Then on June 23, E! Online gave us a glimpse at Ken and Barbie together, wearing outfits that can only be described as yaassified rodeo garb. Ever the picture-perfect couple in Western attire, we are sooo curious to see what the film has in store for us other than fantastic costumes!
Are there any behind-the-scenes photos?
You better believe it. Ryan Gosling and Margo Robbie were spotted in Venice Beach on June 27th, completely decked out in '80s roller-rink-ready costumes. We're talking neon biker shorts, neon fanny packs, neon knee pads, and of course, multi-colored visors (to shield your eyes from the bright colors, duh) — Barbie and Ken never claimed that they weren't totally extra! TikTok user @andreatvasquez posted a behind-the-scenes video of the pair (and Ryan's stunt double) skating through Venice Beach and TBH, the vibes are immaculate.
Who is directing the Barbie movie?
Little Women and Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig is at the helm of this project, having co-written the script with partner Noah Baumbach. Margot Robbie told British Vogue, “People generally 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…’”
Greta is one of seven women to ever been nominated for the Best Director category at the Oscars, so we know that the Barbie film is in good hands. Twitter showed plenty of love for the director, with one fan tweeting, “greta gerwig having little women and ladybird under her directing belt and now barbie… she will always be famous.”
greta gerwig having little women and ladybird under her directing belt and now barbie… she will always be famous
— paige 💌 (@laurieslaurence) April 27, 2022
Who else has been cast in the Barbie movie so far?
The Barbie cast is already filled with an exciting roster that we can't wait to see collaborating on our screens. Aside from Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, actors Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Will Ferrell, Hari Nef, America Ferrera, Alexandra Shipp, Issa Rae, Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans, and Emma Mackey are all slated to join the cast of the Barbie movie.
Greta Gerwig with the cast of 'BARBIE' – Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Scott Evans, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, and more! pic.twitter.com/0SDelCLh7r
— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) April 24, 2022
Fans have long pointed out the uncanny similarities between Emma Mackey and Margot Robbie, with many taking to Twitter after it was announced that the two would be starring in the Barbie movie together.
emma mackey and margot robbie being in barbie (2023) together yeah… still processing the news pic.twitter.com/ez51gGGoRq
— joe (@mcumagik) April 11, 2022
It also looks like Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan may be joining the all-star lineup for Greta Gerwig's Barbie. After she was photographed with Ncuti Gatwa at the BAFTAs in London on May 8, 2022, fans started speculating that the pair may be working together on the British series, Doctor Who, since Ncuti was just announced as the new Doctor. However, Ncuti (who already announced his role in the Barbie film) captioned a shot of him and Nicola "A pair of dolls."
Nicola then teased Variety that she may also be in the BCU (ahem, that's the Barbie cinematic universe). "I am not going to be on Doctor Who," Nicola told the outlet. "We are doing something together, but it's not Doctor Who." Although no official announcements about Nicola's casting have been made, things just got more interesting.
What is the Barbie movie about?
The live-action movie will center around the Mattel fashion doll, but with a twist — the movie's unofficial IMDb reads, "A doll living in 'Barbieland' is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world."
The Barbie doll has received criticism in the past for her biologically-impossible figure setting unachievable body standards, so it'll be interesting to see the direction that Greta Gerwig takes. Margot Robbie told British Vogue that she's aware that the Barbie character "comes with a lot of baggage. And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that comes a lot of exciting ways to attack it."
When will the Barbie movie be released in theaters?
The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 21, 2023, a date that's anticipated by kids and adults alike.
Me on my way to the Lighthouse to see Greta Gerwig’s Barbie on July 21 2023 pic.twitter.com/K9AlpLgYox
— Shauna ✨ (@Ballyerbitch) April 27, 2022
Is there a trailer for the Barbie movie?
Greta Gerwig and the cast of Barbie headed to London to begin filming the movie back in February 2022, so sadly there is no trailer yet, but we're literally on the edges of our seats waiting for its release. Check back here soon for more details!
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