Everything We Know About The Barbie Movie: Cast, Dates
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The mystery around Barbie the film continues to build. After all, making a live-action Barbie movie is one thing, but making a Barbie film directed by indie darling Greta Gerwig of lady bird and Little woman fame is a completely different beast. The movie is out yet – it’s due out June 21, 2023 – but the hype builds with every new plot detail, photograph, and unearthed Letterboxd account we get. The film has also caught Hollywood celebrities in its manicured plastic fists to the point where it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up. Here’s all the casting, plot, and release info we know so far. Come on, get started.
First, we know Gerwig and her husband, Marriage story writer Noah Baumbach, are writing the screenplay and Gerwig is directing. We also know that Margot Robbie took on the lead role of the Mattel Doll after Amy Schumer dropped out due to creative differences, and Ryan Gosling will play Ken. Photos of the two stars have been released, and if neither of them gets your heart racing, you’re boring!
No, we don’t. What we know is something that will not be discussed. Schumer left the project because she very specifically wanted Barbie to be an “ambitious inventor”. She dropped out before Gerwig and Baumbach entered the project, but after the studio asked her if Barbie’s invention could be a “high heel made of Jell-O”. It was absolutely sexist, but it also seems like fun to try.
Before being produced by Warner Bros, the film was originally to be produced by Sony and had “a fish-out-of-water story a la Splash and Big, whereby Barbie gets kicked out of Barbieland because she’s not perfect enough, a little quirky, and doesn’t fit in,” Deadline reported. In the original plot, “She then sets out on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes from within, not from without, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free from the obligation to adhere to an unattainable standard of perfection. It’s unclear if this is the plot of Gerwig and Baumbach’s version of the script, but it’s safe to assume that these mumblecore icons will amaze him in some way.
Every actor you’ve heard of in the past five years is either in this movie or in Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer. Sex education Star and Margot Robbie clone Emma Mackey will be in the film, giving Robbie and Mackey a chance to prove they’re not actually the same person in different fonts. (Now all we need is for Samara Weaving and Jaime Pressly to join the cast for a real lift.) Beyond this weird double act, multiple actors are rumored to be playing both Barbie and Ken. . Hari Nef and Issa Rae would also play Barbies, and Ryan Gosling is joined in Ken-ly’s duties by Simu Liu and the new Doctor Who (and his colleague Sex education alum) Ncuti Gatwa.
Will Ferrell also appears, which means he will now star in two separate films based on the surprisingly intellectual toys. He will take on the role of CEO of a toy company, an apparent nod to Mattel, the company that makes Barbies, Hot Wheels and American Girl dolls. Michael Cera, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Ariana Greenblatt and Alexandra Shipp will also join the Barbie cast in yet unspecified roles.
Apparently not. Saoirse Ronan is rumored to be joining the cast, as is pop star Dua Lipa. Life in plastic won’t be completely fantastic until we have more details.
This story has been updated throughout.