Everything We Know About the Barbie Movie Starring Margot Robbie
Between The Lego Movie and Transformers, it's crazy we haven't gotten a feature film about the most famous toy in the world: Barbie. Sure, there are a number of animated movies and series, but no one's yet tapped the box office potential of bringing Barbie to life…unless you count Life-Size, which I kind of do.
But finally, Barbie is gearing up to hit the big screen. Here's everything we know about the upcoming picture:
It’s directed by Greta Gerwig.
Gerwig and her partner, Noah Baumbach, have been attached to the project as coscreenwriters since 2019, but Variety confirmed in July 2021 that Gerwig will also direct.
Margot Robbie stars as Barbie.
“It comes with a lot of baggage!” Robbie told British Vogue in June 2021. “And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that comes a lot of exciting ways to attack it. 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….”
Here's our first look at Robbie as Barbie:
Ryan Gosling will play Ken—and we have a photo.
Deadline broke the news of his casting on October 22, 2021. On June 15, Warner Bros. shared the first look at Gosling's bleach blonde Ken. Just look at that fake Calvin Klein “Ken” underwear!
But they’re not the only ones.
As Kyle Buchanan of The New York Times originally reported, the Barbie movie will feature multiple Barbies and Kens. Hari Nef (You, And Just Like That…) will play a fabulous doctor Barbie, while Dua Lipa will play a mermaid Barbie. Nicola Coughlin of Derry Girls will play a diplomat Barbie, and Issa Rae will play a Barbie president. The Kens will include Simu Liu and Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa, among others.
America Ferrera has a role as well.
In February 2022, Deadline announced that Ferrera had taken a role in the film. Zero other details about her part were revealed, but on a freshly released poster, she's described as one of “the Humans” who seem to have a hand in Barbie's story.
The cast list just keeps getting more stacked.
By April 2022, it seemed everyone has a role in the new Barbie movie, including Kate McKinnon, Sex Education star Emma Mackey, Michael Cera, and Will Ferrell. Mackey's casting caused quite the stir on Twitter thanks to her notable resemblance to Robbie. And apparently, the film will be narrated by none other than Helen Mirren.
Look at 'em all!
According to pics from set, there’s a rollerblading scene.
There are no words for these costumes. The visors! The elbow and knee pads! The layering!
Get ready to see this Barbie-inspired couples costumes everywhere this Halloween.
Will Ferrell was also photographed on set in rollerblades—perhaps there's a chase scene?
Unclear, but we do know we'll be getting this incredible outfit:
This is far from the first lineup.
Sony has been trying to make a Barbie movie happen since 2014. First, it was Sex and the City's Jenny Bicks writing a script, then Diablo Cody came in, and Amy Schumer was cast in the lead role. Then she dropped out, and the role went to Anne Hathaway. Then Cody left the project, and they basically scrapped the whole thing and started fresh at Warner Bros., with Olivia Milch of Ocean's 8 writing. Now, of course, Gerwig and Baumbach are in charge, and it's unclear how much of the previous versions they'll be working with.
We have a release date.
Barbie will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023.
The teasers and the full-length trailer are here!
On December 16, Warner Bros. dropped the first teaser trailer, and life in plastic looks as fantastic as you'd imagine.
In the clip, which is just over a minute long, Robbie is dressed as a larger-than-life version of the very first Barbie, who wore a horizontal-stripe bathing suit and black heels (classic beach attire). We also catch glimpses of Gosling, Rae, and Liu in all their glossy glory.
In the second teaser, released April 4, Barbie's road trip is crashed by clingy Ken, and we get a much better look at the idyllic Barbie Land:
The official full-length trailer was released on May 25, and my God, I can't wait for this movie.
The memes have begun.
When the character posters were released in April, Twitter wasted no time in adapting the format, including the “This Barbie…” tagline, to fit our favorite characters and celebs.
Everything about this movie is already so iconic.
Margot Robbie struggled to figure out her character, then Greta Gerwig sent her a podcast.
In her cover interview with Vogue, Robbie said that her role of “Stereotypical Barbie” was difficult to navigate. She told the magazine that she uses “animal work” to figure out her characters. For example, Tonya Harding, whom she played in I, Tonya, was “a pit bull in life and a mustang on the ice.” But Robbie could not figure out what animal Barbie was.
"I was like, ‘Greta, I need to go on this whole character journey.’ And Greta was like, 'Oh, I have a really good podcast for you,’” Robbie said. Gerwig sent Robbie an episode of This American Life that was about a woman who doesn’t introspect. “You know how you have a voice in your head all the time?” Robbie said. “This woman, she doesn’t have that voice in her head.”
Greta Gerwig hosted the Barbies for a sleepover (no Kens allowed).
Before filming got underway in London, Gerwig threw a slumber party for all the actors playing Barbies at Claridge’s Hotel. Kens were invited to stop by, but they were not allowed to sleep over. “Gosling couldn’t make it, so he sent a singing telegram in the form of an older Scottish man in a kilt who played bagpipes and delivered the speech from Braveheart,” per Vogue.
Every week the cast and crew got together for screenings of movies that inspired the film.
According to Vogue, the cast and crew of Barbie were invited to watch a movie that the film was referenced every Sunday at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill, London. The cast and crew referred to the screenings as “movie church.” The films included Technicolor musicals like The Red Shoes (1948) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). “They have such a high level of what we came to call authentic artificiality,” Gerwig told Vogue. “You have a painted sky in a soundstage. Which is an illusion, but it’s also really there. The painted backdrop is really there.”
This post will be updated.
Originally Appeared on Glamour