It’s safe to say Greta Gerwig’s new Barbie film is causing quite the stir. When filming started back in March 2022, candy pink-hued snaps took 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, including a look at the trailer, taster imagery, and new synopsis.
Barbie: Everything We Know About The Upcoming Greta Gerwig Movie
The Full Trailer Has Landed
It’s finally here: the full Barbie trailer. While the teaser gave us, well, a tease of what was to come, this trailer offers a full two and a half minute insight into the fast-approaching movie. Watch below…
What Will The Barbie Movie Be About?
Details surrounding the Barbie movie have been scant. The synopsis reveals little more: ‘To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.’
The new trailer, however, confirms our suspicions: Barbie is forced to leave Barbieland because she is ‘not perfect enough’ – leading her to embark on an adventure in the real world. We get a glimpse of this in the trailer, including interactions with real people, plus insight into Will Ferrell’s character, who has been rumoured to be the CEO of Matel, the company behind Barbie dolls.
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”.’
Who Is In The Barbie Cast?
In short, everyone. Margot Robbie will star in the titular role opposite Ryan Gosling as Ken. Will Ferrell will star as Mettel CEO (the toy company behind Barbie) and Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Issa Rae, Ncuti Gatwa and Hari Nef will all star as different versions of Barbie and Ken. Other than this, roles have not been announced, though there is a large, star-studded cast, with a large British contingent: Sex Education stars Emma Mackey and Connor Swindells, Stath Lets Flats creator Jamie Demetriou, My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney, Bridgerton favourite Nicola Coughlan, with Dame Helen Mirren narrating.
The Barbie cast includes:
- Marisa Abela
- Ritu Arya
- Michael Cera
- Jamie Demetriou
- Scott Evans
- Emerald Fennell
- America Ferrera
- Ariana Greenblatt
- Ana Cruz Kayne
- Kate McKinnon
- Emma Mackey
- Rhea Perlman
- Sharon Rooney
- Alexandra Shipp
- Connor Swindells
Along with a trailer, Warner Bros. recently released a series of posters, hinting for the first time at the roles the star-studded cast will play, including the different renditions of ‘Barbie’ and ‘Ken’.
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Rumours 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.
When Will Barbie Arrive In Cinemas?
Barbie will arrive in cinemas on 21 July 2023, Warner Bros. Pictures have confirmed.
First Look: Imagery From Barbie
Featured image: Margot Robbie as Barbie in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BARBIE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures © 2022 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved (cropped).