Margot Robbie Warner Bros. and plays Barbie in an upcoming Mattel film first announced in 2019. The Oscar nominee also produced the film with LuckyChap Entertainment alongside her husband Tom Ackerley and producer Josie McNamara. .
The project will be the first live-action film in the Barbie franchise and the first film deal with Mattel Films, the film arm of the company that makes Barbie and other iconic toys. Plot details have yet to be revealed, but we've already seen the first trailer (see above).
Here's everything we know right now…
Margot Robbie follows the role
In a preview photo shared at CinemaCon 2022, fans got their first glimpse of Robbie in the lead role of the upcoming film. Robbie appears in her pink convertible wearing a matching headband and top.
Ryan Gosling plays Ken
The movie was another big hit with the male lead in the form of actor Ryan Gosling who played Barbie's boyfriend Ken. The Oscar nominee seemed to be the studio's only choice from the start, and an official preview image of the Gosling-starring Barbie has been released. Gosling looks almost unrecognizable in a jean vest, matching jeans, platinum blonde hair, and a serious fake tan.
A set of images shows what to expect
Gosling and Robbie filmed scenes for the upcoming movie in Los Angeles, much to the delight of fans. They were spotted out on Venice Beach wearing neon 80s style ball-bearing jumpsuits, shrouds, knee and elbow pads.
In another photo, Robbie was seen wearing a neon pink vest and a thin burst of stars.
Will Ferrell also stars
The actor was also seen skateboarding on set, sparking speculation that he might play a villain in the film.
Robbie is "honored" to take on this role.
In a press release, Robbie praised Barbie for fostering "confidence, curiosity and communication" from infancy and allowing children "to imagine themselves in the roles they want, from princess to president."
"I am very honored to take on this role and make a film that I believe will have a very positive impact on children and audiences around the world," he said.
The actress has undergone some impressive transformations for her previous roles, including Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad , Tonya Harding in Me, Tony, and Queen Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots. Although fans were quick to introduce the actress as a real Barbie, she once refused to take on roles based on her appearance.
"When I was trying to make a name for myself as an actress, creative roles for women were limited," she previously told Bazaar . “I didn't want to choose another story where I had a wife or a boyfriend; it was just a catalyst for a male story. It wasn't inspiring."
Casting rumors have been around for years.
Speculation that Robbie would play Barbie began in 2015, after emails from Sony revealed that she was one of the potential actresses to play the iconic doll. Years later, in October 2018, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Robbie was in talks with Warner Bros. about starring in and producing the film.
Nor was she the only actress who participated in the film. According to THR , Amy Schumer landed the role in 2016, but left after a few months due to scheduling conflicts. In 2017, there was information that Anne Hathaway could become a star.
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig has been attached to Barbie since 2019, when it was confirmed that she would co-write the script with Noah Baumbach. The director of the movie " Little Women " also starred in the movie.
It will be released in theaters in 2023.
Fans will have to wait a while to see this movie come to life. The film's release date is July 21, 2023.
Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and more join the packed cast of the film.
Several casting announcements have been made in recent weeks, with several major stars set to join Robbie and Gosling in the upcoming film. In a surprise casting, Sex Education star Emma Mackie stood out for her uncanny resemblance to Robbie. Although no plot details have been released, the cast adds even more appeal to Gerwig's purchase of the Mattel doll.
The cast so far includes Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Shan Chi star Simu Liu and Just That Hari Nef, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Alexandra Shipp, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Pearlman, Sex Education Nkuti. Starring Academy Award-winning actress Emerald Fennell, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kane, Connor Swindells, Ritu Arya, and Jamie Demetriou.