Barbie: Everything you need to know about the Margot Robbie-Ryan Gosling starrer live-action film

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Yes. You heard it right! We’re getting a Barbie movie! The cherry on top is that Margot Robbie is playing the most famous Mattel character. Since the time Margot appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street, we have been manifesting that she would play Barbie, and now she is officially our beloved Barbie.

Warner Bros’ live-action movie is set to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig from a script she co-wrote with her partner in life and filmmaking, fellow Oscar nominee Noah Baumbach. Greta first joined the project in 2019 as a script co-writer with Baumbach. Later that September 2021, she officially signed on to direct the upcoming live-action film.

The Mattel character, Barbie, transcends generations with her all-pink wardrobe and high fashion outfits, and the most inappropriate 90s Aqua song, Barbie Girl, is still an earworm for most people. Now that Barbie is officially getting a motion picture, ‘life in plastic’ actually seems ‘fantastic!’

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Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Barbie movie:

When will Margot Robbie’s Barbie release?

Barbie has come a long way to get to where it is now, and with a speculated release date of 2023, it appears that the film will be actually made this time. The movie has been in the works for a long time. 

Barbie Plot: What’s it about?

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Created by Ruth Handler, Barbie the doll has the same kind of popularity and controversies hanging over her head as any flesh-and-blood celebrity. The doll is named after Ruth Handler’s daughter Barbara, and her doll-partner Ken is named after her son Kenneth. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts and she is from the fictional town of Willows in Wisconsin, where she attended high school. Barbie first appeared in her iconic black-and-white striped swimsuit and her official birthday is March 9, 1959, which is the day she was unveiled to the toy industry during the New York Toy Fair.

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Initially titled as Barbie, the plot details of the Barbie movie are completely under wraps, but given Greta and Baumbach’s film history, it wouldn’t surely be the obvious pink fantasy for the Mattel character. In a recent profile for Vogue, Margot discussed the unexpected aspects of a Barbie film directed by Greta. “But with that comes a lot of exciting ways to attack it,” Robbie says. “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…’”

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With two academy nominated directorial credits and an impressive acting career behind her, Greta celebrates females and feminism in her films. In 2019, Greta wrote and directed Little Women, an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic of the same title, starring Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet, Emma Watson, and Ronan. She made a radical change in the ending of a classic like Little Women.

In an interview with OprahMag, she said, “I wanted to give Louisa May Alcott an ending she might have liked.” Greta received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Little Women, along with six other Oscar nominations for the film. Hence, Mattel’s Barbie in the hands of Greta can’t be the obvious Barbie origin story or her love story with Ken.

Furthermore, Margot also teased that the plot is nothing like we’d think in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t talk about it. I want to tell you everything, I do. All we can say is whatever you’re thinking, it’s not that, we’re going to give you something totally different, “she said.

Barbie Movie Cast: Who is in the Cast of Barbie live-action film?

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Stating the obvious, the titular character, Barbie, is played by Marot Robbie, and her partner, Ken, by Ryan Gosling. According to Deadline, the film was previously in the works at Sony with Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway as Barbie at different points in time. Now, with Warner Bros, the movie also boasts an A-lister cast including Simu Liu, the star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings; Kate Mckinnon, the Saturday Night Live star; and Ugly Betty and Superstore star America Ferrara.

Where can you watch Barbie Movie? Is there a trailer for Barbie Movie?

There is no trailer for the Barbie film yet because the project is still in the early stages of production. The movie is speculated to be released in theaters in 2023, with filming starting in London this February.

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