Barbie movie: release date, cast, plot

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken in Barbie. (Warner Bros.)

After 21 years of animated Barbie movies, a live-action adaptation is coming to the big screen.

Warner Bros. is officially a Barbie girl, and the Internet already lives in a Barbie world. Twitter and TikTok were flooded with live coverage of the film’s shooting, with principal photography beginning in England in March 2022. Filming took place throughout Los Angeles, with appearances from notable Venice Beach cast members which aroused much public interest.

With its open set allowing people to get up close and personal with the inner workings of the film, the scenes are already deciphered and decoded, while the meme culture refuses to let go of what is set up to be completely unpredictable.

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Here’s everything we know so far about the Barbie movie.

When is the Barbie movie coming out?

Barbie teaser artwork, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.  (Warner Bros.)

Barbie teaser artwork, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. (Warner Bros.)

While the film process is still in its early stages, the Barbie movie already has a solid release date planned.

The downside is that fans will have to wait a little longer to see the final result.

Warner Bros. has scheduled the official theatrical release of Barbie for July 21, 2023. At present, there is no schedule for a digital release, although this could be expected approximately 45 days later, in keeping with the history of the study.

While nothing is set in stone, audiences could see the Barbie movie online as soon as September 2023.

Who will star in the Barbie movie?

Margot Robbie in Barbie.  (Warner Bros.)

Margot Robbie in Barbie. (Warner Bros.)

With so many details still unknown, the Barbie movie was quick to announce its all-star cast.

Margot Robbie will play the lead role of Barbie, while Ryan Gosling will star opposite her as Ken.

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With two Academy Award nominations each to their credit, Robbie is best known for her roles in I, Tony and Bombwhile Gosling has had hits including La La Land and Guide.

Ryan Gosling as Ken in the movie Barbie.  (Warner Bros.)

Ryan Gosling as Ken in the movie Barbie. (Warner Bros.)

Other big associated names include Saoirse Ronan, Dua Lipa and Issa Rae. Rae is said to be playing an alternate version of Barbie, alongside Hari Nef.

The cast also includes America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats), Emerald Fennell (The Crown), Connor Swindells (Sex Education) and Kingsley Ben-Adir (Peaky Blinders). Each of their roles is still unknown.

A still from the Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ryan Gosling and Ncuti Gatwa in a still from the Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

Ana Cruz Kayne, Scott Evans, Sharon Rooney, Rhea Perlman, Michael Cera, Alexandra Shipp and Kate McKinnon are equally attached to Barbie in undisclosed roles.

Recently announced Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa will appear as a Ken doll, with Gosling recently stepping out in a shirt with his face on it. Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu will play another.

Will Ferrell will reportedly appear as the CEO of a toy company.

Who directs Barbie?

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Directors Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig attend the 92nd Academy Awards on February 9, 2020. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

While the first iteration of Barbie was announced for 2018 to star Amy Schumer, since then fan excitement has been fueled by the directorial choice of Greta Gerwig.

Gerwig joins the project fresh from her latest feature film Little Womenwith Barbie becoming his third outing as a director.

A still from the Barbie teaser trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

A still from the Barbie teaser trailer. (Warner Bros.)

She was initially attached to the film as co-writer alongside her longtime partner and collaborator, Noah Baumbach, with her directorial role announced in July 2021.

Greta was photographed on set many times, often wear pink overalls to match the fantastic plastic outfits of the cast.

What do we know about the plot of the Barbie movie?

A still from the Barbie teaser trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

A still from the Barbie teaser trailer. (Warner Bros.)

Unsurprisingly, not many details about Barbie’s storyline have been given so far.

Aside from the initial promotional footage that was released in June 2022 and its first teaser trailer, most of the knowledge about the film has come from public reports on social media. Photos of Robbie and Gosling skating in Los Angeles caused a lot of public speculation, along with images of their initial scenes together.

As Barbie’s first live-action movie, it’s likely to stay away from what fans have seen in animation. There’s no word on what time period the film will be set in or what genre it will embody.

It’s safe to say that audiences should expect the unexpected.

Is there a trailer for the Barbie movie?

The first Barbie teaser trailer was released in December 2022. It paid homage to the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey by introducing Margot Robbie as the famous doll.

The trailer begins with a voiceover, in which children can be seen playing with dolls against a dusty, desert backdrop similar to the opening scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film.

“Since the beginning of time, since there was the first little girl, there have been dolls. But dolls have always and forever been little dolls, until…” says the voice-over.

A still from the Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

A still from the Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

Robbie is then revealed as a giant Barbie doll, replacing the monolith that triggers the monkeys in 2001 to learn how to use weapons.

This causes the children in the clip to destroy their old dolls, culminating in a parody of the famous “matchstick”, with a child replaced by the Barbie logo.

Will the Aqua song be in Barbie?

Danish-Norwegian pop group Aqua, 17 October 1997. From left to right, are guitarist Soren Rasted, vocalists Lene Nystrom and Rene Dif, and keyboardist Claus Norreen.  (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)

Danish-Norwegian pop group Aqua, in 1997. L-R: Soren Rasted, Lene Nystrom and Rene Dif, and Claus Norreen. (Tim Roney/Getty Images)

As much as fans might like to sing along, Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” has already been barred from a movie appearance.

According to Variety, Aqua manager Ulrich Møller-Jørgensen said the song will not be used, with Warner Bros. thus far declining to comment.

This is believed to stem from Mattel’s bad blood with the Danish pop band since the song’s 1997 release.

Barbie will hit theaters on July 21, 2023.

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