Barbie movie: release date, cast, plot

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

After 21 years of animation Barbie movies, a live-action adaptation is making its way to the big screen.

Warner Bros. is officially a Barbie girl, and the internet is already living in a Barbie world. Twitter and TikTok have been inundated with real-time coverage of the film’s set, with principal photography beginning in England in March 2022. Current filming is taking place in Los Angeles, with appearances by prominent actors across Venice Beach arousing a lot of public interest.

With its open setting allowing people to get to grips with the inner workings of the film, the scenes are already being decoded and decoded, while the meme culture refuses to let go of what is supposed to be completely unpredictable.

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

When will the Barbie movie be released?

SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 03: Margot Robbie (L) and Greta Gerwig with FIJI Water at the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for FIJI Water)

Margot Robbie with Barbie director Greta Gerwig in 2018. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for FIJI Water)

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

The downside is that fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to see the final result.

Warner Bros. has scheduled Barbie to officially release in theaters on July 21, 2023. At this time, there is no timeline for a digital release, although it could be expected around 45 days later, according to studio history. .

While nothing is set in stone, audiences could see the Barbie movie online as early 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 star-studded cast.

Margot Robbie takes on the lead role of Barbie, while Ryan Gosling is set to star opposite her as Ken.

Read more: Margot Robbie promises “surprising” Barbie film

With two Oscar nominations each under their belt, Robbie is best known for her roles in Me Tonya and Bombwhile Gosling had hits including La La Land and Conduct.

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

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

Other big names attached include Saoirse Ronan, Dua Lipa and Issa Rae. Rumor has it that Rae will star as an alternate version of Barbie, alongside Hari Nef.

The cast is also set to star America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Emma Mackey (Sex education), Jamie Demetriou (Stath rents apartments), Emerald Fennell (The crown), Connor Swindells (Sex education) and Kingsley Ben Adir (Peaky Blinders). Each of their roles is still unknown.

OSLO, NORWAY - JUNE 26: Dua Lipa performs live at Oslo Spektrum on June 26, 2022 in Oslo, Norway.  (Photo by Per Ole Hagen/Getty Images)

Dua Lipa performs on stage at Oslo Spektrum, 2022. (Per Ole Hagen/Getty Images)

Ana Cruz Kayne, Scott Evans, Sharon Rooney, Rhea Perlman, Michael Cera, Alexandra Shipp and Kate McKinnon are also linked to Barbie with undisclosed roles.

Recently announced Doctor Who The Ncuti Gatwa star is set to appear as a Ken doll, with Gosling recently released in a T-shirt with his face on it. The Shang-Chi Simu Liu will play another.

Will Ferrell would appear as the CEO of a toy company.

Who Runs Barbie?

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

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

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

Gerwig joins the project fresh out of his latest feature film Little womanwith Barbie becoming her third outing as a director.

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

Greta has been photographed several times on set, often put on a pink jumpsuit to match the fantastic plastic outfits of the cast.

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

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 20: Barbie dolls from the 2017

Barbie dolls from the 2017 “Barbie Fashionistas” collection. (Chesnot/Getty Images)

Unsurprisingly, few details have been given about Barbie’s plot so far.

Aside from the initial promotional plans that were released in June of this year, most knowledge about the film comes from public reports on social media. Photos of Robbie and Gosling rollerblading in Los Angeles have sparked much public speculation, alongside 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 animations. It’s unclear 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?

There are currently no trailers released for the Barbie movie.

Will Aqua’s song be in Barbie?

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

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

Even though the fans would like to sing along to it, ‘barbie girl‘ by Aqua has already been ruled out of a theatrical appearance.

According to Variety, Aqua’s manager Ulrich Møller-Jørgensen said the song would not be used, Warner Bros. having so far declined to comment.

It’s believed to stem from Mattel’s bad blood with the Danish pop band since the song was released in 1997.

Barbie hits theaters July 21, 2023.

Look: Barbie filming is in progress

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