Everything we know so far about Margot Robbie's Barbie
Welcome to the Barbie Dreamhouse.
ICYMI, Margot Robbie and Little Women filmmaker Greta Gerwig have teamed up for Warner Bros.' live-action Barbie, about Mattel's famed fashion doll. Robbie, who will also produce under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, plays the title character while Ryan Gosling will portray her not-so-plastic boyfriend, Ken.
Details about the film, however (including a storyline), have been kept sealed tight, perhaps in a pink acrylic Barbie display case. In an interview with British Vogue in August 2021, Margot said the role "comes with a lot of baggage" and "nostalgic connections," teasing, "but with that comes a lot of exciting ways to attack it." She added, "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.'"
So what, exactly, is the movie going to be? Below, everything we know so far about the Barbie film:
Who will direct, write, and produce?
Gerwig will direct the film, which she co-wrote with her partner and fellow filmmaker Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story, Frances Ha). Robbie will produce alongside LuckyChap's Tom Ackerley and Mattel's Robbie Brenner and David Heyman. LuckyChap's Josey McNamara and Mattel's Ynon Kreiz will also executive produce.
Who has been cast so far?
Along with Robbie and Gosling, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, and Simu Liu have been cast in undisclosed roles, as have Alexandra Shipp, Hari Nef, Ariana Greenblatt, and Will Ferrell, who is rumored to be playing the CEO of a toy company. Recent cast additions include Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya, Jamie Demetriou, Emerald Fennell, and three Sex Education favorites: Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, and Connor Swindells.
When will it debut in theaters?
Barbie and her pink convertible will cruise into theaters July 21, 2023. Filming has already begun at Warner Bros.' Leavesden Studios in London.
Weren't there other versions in the works?
Yes. Barbie has been in development since 2014. (Really.) Amy Schumer was initially tapped to star as the title doll in 2016. That iteration, under Sony, was billed as a new feminist take on the famous '50s Mattel doll. It would have centered on Barbie as she began to realize she didn't fit into her perfect world of Barbieland. After she's kicked out, she finds herself in the real world in a fish-out-of-water tale in the vein of Big and Enchanted. Schumer departed the project a year later, in 2017. (She cited creative differences in a recent interview earlier this year.) Sony courted Anne Hathaway after Schumer's exit, with delays occurring not too long after. Finally, in 2019, the film moved over to Warner Bros., where Gerwig took the helm.
This article will be updated as more information comes in.