Margot Robbie in Barbie

Everything You Need To Know About the New Barbie Film

Culture /


Hiya Barbie, hi Ken...

This post may contain affiliate links. Learn more

It’s safe to say Greta Gerwig’s new Barbie film is causing quite the stir. Since filming started back in March, candy pink-hued snaps have taken over our Instagram feeds – from Warner Bros’ official first look at Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken to action shots of the pair rollerblading around Venice Beach in neon outfits. But aside from the platinum locks and ‘60s outfits, what can we expect from the upcoming movie? Here’s everything we know so far.

New Barbie Film: Cast, Plot, Release Date

Who Is in the Cast?

Margot Robbie as Barbie in the Barbie film

© 2022 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Jaap Buitendijk.

Speculation of Robbie’s casting as the famous Mattel doll have been circulating since 2015, but she officially signed up to play Barbie in January 2019. In a press release, Robbie said: ‘I’m so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide’. She’ll be joined by Gosling as Ken, who, many agree, was destined for the role. The first look photo shows him sporting bleach blonde hair, a spray tan and a six pack, donning a denim waistcoat.

But these two aren’t the only big stars in the film. Barbie is set to be a star-studded affair, with Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa and Shang Chi’s Simu Liu both confirmed as two other Ken dolls in the film, and Will Ferrell appearing as CEO of a toy company. And, though their roles are yet to be revealed, the cast will also include: America Ferrera, Michael Cera, Emerald Fennel and Kate McKinnon, as well as Robbie’s doppelganger, Emma Mackey.

What’s the Plot?

The majority of details are being kept under wraps for now, however we do know the rough plot. Gerwig’s film will follow a doll living in Barbieland, who is forced to leave because she is ‘not perfect enough’ – leading her to embark on an adventure in the real world. While there, it’s thought Barbie will encounter other versions of herself, plus meet her boyfriend Ken. It sounds clichéd – but with Gerwig at the helm, no doubt the film will have a feminist edge. Speaking in 2019, Gerwig said: ‘for us, the Barbie movie should definitely have a message of female empowerment, and that you can dream and be anything you want.’ Robbie has also hinted that the film will defy the assumptions we might have about the character of Barbie. In an 2021 interview with Vogue, she admitted that creating a live-action Barbie film ‘comes with a lot of baggage’, adding: ‘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”.

Ken in Barbie film

Copyright: © 2022 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

What’s the Release Date?

Filming is underway, and Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed Barbie is set to be released in US cinemas on 21 July 2023. The UK release date is yet to be announced.

Is There a Trailer?

Not yet – but we’re keeping our eyes peeled.

Imagery from Warner Bros. Pictures

READ MORE:

Where The Crawdads Sing Film: The Lowdown