The upcoming movie is directed by Greta Gerwig and will star Australian actress Margot Robbie, as the iconic plastic doll.
Rumours of Robbie’s casting as Barbie first circulated back in 2015. In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that she was set to star in the film and produce it with Warner Bros.
Contrary to what you might think, The Wolf of Wall Street star has revealed that the film will give the audience “the thing you didn’t know you wanted”.
Following suit with the live-action Disney genre, the movie is set to defy the expectations of the character. Robbie, who co-runs the production company behind the film, LuckyChap, cited that: “we like the things that feel a little of centre”.
Taking a unique spin on such a beloved character is a testament to Robbie’s craft. Speaking to British Vogue, the Oscar-winner said that the role “comes with a lot of baggage” and “nostalgic connections”.
Robbie has praised Barbie for promoting “confidence, curiosity, and communication” encouraging children to “imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president”.
Ryan Gosling has been confirmed as Robbie’s leading co-star, playing Ken. Other cast members include Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Emma Mackey, Michael Cera, and Will Ferrell. Dua Lipa is also rumoured to feature in the film, following her notable performance in the upcoming project, Argylle, due to be released later this year. Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan has also hinted at a role in the film, after dismissing claims that she would appear in Doctor Who, alongside Ncuti Gatwa, who is also starring in Barbie.
At the BAFTA TV Awards, Coughlan told Variety: “We are doing something together, but it’s not Doctor Who”.
With Marvel and Lego taking the film industry by storm, it’s no surprise that a Barbie movie is finally in the works. The live-action film will mark the blonde bombshell’s 60th anniversary. Initially manufactured by the American toy company, Mattel, Inc, launching in 1959 – the Barbie legacy continues to impact pop culture today.
The new Barbie film attempts to move away from promoting an “unrealistic” body image. Its new Fashionista line features a range of diverse dolls, showcasing everything from prosthetic limbs to rare skin conditions. A spokesperson for Mattel told CBS that the inclusive dolls aim to portray a “multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion”.
In a similar bid to reshape the Barbie stereotype, Margot’s upcoming movie seems relevant now more than ever.
Production on the film began earlier this year in London, and there is currently no trailer. The highly anticipated movie will be released in July 2023.
Whether you’re a fan of Barbie or not, one thing’s for sure – life in plastic? It’s fantastic.
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