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Something cataclysmic happened when the world ~officially~ learned a Barbie movie got the green light from Hollywood. And that something is a constant stream of sneak-peek content we didn’t know we needed. Although filming began only back in March 2022, dozens of photos of the movie’s leads—Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, of course—have been dropping, and I personally have not known peace since. Ryan even wore a shirt emblazoned with the face of fellow Barbie costar Ncuti Gatwa in his role as Doctor Who, which, okay, iconic!
Thanks to Mattel and Warner Bros., a slew of legendary characters are being brought to live-action life for the first time ever. And with Margot as Barbie’s lead protagonist and producer, to say we’re excited is an understatement. The actor recently spoke with Variety about the film and said, “I think it’s a great opportunity to put some positivity out in the world and a chance to be aspirational for younger kids.” Obsessed!
If you’re also screaming/crying/throwing up at the thought of watching the Barbie movie IRL, here is everything we know so far to tide you over.
Who is starring in Barbie?
Some serious A-list talent, if you ask me. Case in point? Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling are playing Barbie and Ken. Plus, Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’s Simu Liu are both confirmed as two other Ken dolls in the movie. Insecure’s Issa Rae is also set to play another Barbie alongside Transparent’s Hari Nef. Will Ferrell, for his part, is currently cast as the CEO of a toy company. Oh, and Kate McKinnon, Emma Mackey (who, btw, could be Margot’s twin), America Ferrera, Michael Cera, Alexandra Shipp, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Emerald Fennell, Sharon Rooney, Ariana Greenblatt, and Jamie Demetriou will be making appearances too.
TL;DR: You’ll likely have to rewatch the film to catch all the epic cameos.
What is Barbie going to be about?
Okay, so this one’s less clear. Given the fact that the script has gone through several rewrites and creative changes since the film started production in 2014 (yep, you read that right), we can pretty much guarantee the vibe has shifted over time. How-ev-er! It’s currently under the leadership of actor/producer extraordinaire Greta Gerwig and her partner, filmmaker Noah Baumbach. So if there’s one thing we can guarantee, it’s that the final version won’t be a cookie-cutter movie in the slightest.
In December 2020, Margot gave us a hint about the project’s inner workings when she spoke with the Hollywood Reporter. “We like the things that feel a little left of center. Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, ‘Oh, Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is,’ but our goal is to be like, ‘Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different—the thing you didn’t know you wanted.’ Now, can we truly honor the IP and the fan base and also surprise people? Because if we can do all that and provoke a thoughtful conversation, then we’re really firing on all cylinders,” she said. Greta also told the publication in a separate interview that “Warner Bros. is open to strange.” Color me intrigued!
When does the Barbie movie come out? What’s the Barbie release date?
Again, the story of this movie is truly a doozy. Early discussions took place as early as 2009, before it started undergoing production in 2014 via Sony Pictures. Then it was passed between a number of writers and directors—at one point, writer and producer Diablo Cody, who penned Juno, was charged with the screenplay—before finally being transferred to Warner Bros. This means that the film has had, well, its fair share of release dates set, including two in 2018 and even a COVID-19-related one in 2020.
But now, it’s confirmed that Barbie’s official release date is July 21, 2023. Mark your calendars!
Will Barbie be available to stream?
There has been no actual announcement yet about whether Barbie will be available to stream. But since it is a Warner Bros. film, we might not be far off in saying that it will likely appear on HBO Max’s platform 45 days after its cinematic release, since the company pledged to give exclusive access to theaters for that amount of time. If the studio follows its currently established pattern, fans might be able to watch Barbie online as early as September 2023!
Lemme see some pictures, please?
We’re glad you asked! Here are a few pics and vids that we’re still reeling over 🥺💕:
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
That’s all we have for now, but rest assured, we’ll be updating you with more Barbie deets as soon as they become available!
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