There has finally been some movement in the live-action Barbie movie that director-power couple Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach first signed on to in 2019. That gives fans plenty of time to wonder what exactly the two indie treasures behind it are Frances Ha, keep in mind whatever happens in Mattel’s Barbieland. And while there’s been a new wave of developments in casting, all we know so far about the plot consists of a single sentence on IMDb: “A doll who lives in ‘Barbieland’ is expelled because she’s not perfect enough and goes on an adventure in the real world.”
Is Gerwig about to mirror Chloé Zhao’s career trajectory, who had a $5 million budget for? nomad land up to $200 million for Marvel’s Eternals† Or is Barbie about to wade into the quirky waters of mumblecore? Before placing your bet, read below everything we know about the film, which is expected to be released in 2023.
Who’s going to play Barbie and Ken?
There’s at least one aspect of the film that won’t be quirky: Gerwig, who directs the film solo but co-writes with Baumbach, did what most mainstream directors would and cast two stars who don’t seem too far off Barbie. and Ken in everyday life. With Ryan Gosling as her sidekick, Margot Robbie will bring the plastic doll to life as an actor and producer through her production company LuckyChap entertainment. “It comes with a lot of luggage!” Robbie told British Fashion last year to adjust the franchise. And lots of nostalgic connections. But with that comes a lot of exciting ways to attack it. People generally hear “Barbie” and think, “I know what that movie is going to be,” and then they hear Greta Gerwig writing and directing it, and then they think, “Oh, well, maybe I don’t know.. .’”
The plot may be unconventional, but Robbie and Gosling certainly resemble the traditional Barbie and Ken in the sneak peeks Warner Bros. has shared so far. (Except for the fact that Ken “Ken” has Calvin Klein-style underwear.) And while Robbie could be mistaken for a character in, say, a 60s movie like Mother’s instinctGosling definitely looks like a real plastic (though maybe not so fantastic) doll. Who knows how much time he spends in the hair and makeup trailer between all that self-tanner and bleach.
Who else was eligible for Barbie?
It’s been a long, long journey to find the film’s director and titular star. Sony first rented former Sex and the city writer Jenny Bicks in 2014, for rent only Jennifer’s body and Tully director Diablo Cody to rewrite the script next year. Hillary Winston (from Happy ending and Community) was one of three writers to subsequently take over, and in 2016 Winston made it clear that this wouldn’t be your typical Barbie story by casting Amy Schumer. Conflict scheduling prompted Anne Hathaway to replace her, but she quit herself. It took until 2019 for the film to settle for its current version, with Sony instead of Warner Bros. as studio, Gerwig and Baumbach as writers and Robbie as star.
Who else is in the cast?
Production is clearly on the rise as there has been a wave of casting developments in recent weeks. Issa Rae and Michael Cera have come on board marking their first films with Gerwig, and Will Ferrell has been confirmed to play the CEO of a company that may or may not be Mattel. Kate McKinnon, who also co-starred with Robbie in Bombwill presumably take over from Amy Schumer in delivering the comedic twist, while America Ferrera will continue to take the spotlight after Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto join the cast of AppleTV+’s WeCrashed† At 14, Ariana Greenblatt will no doubt be one of the youngest on the set, while Marvel star Simu Liu will be something that’s starting to look like just a few men.
If you don’t know Alexandra Shipp yet, it’s time to meet the 30-year-old actor. She’s fresh off her biggest role to date, as Andrew Garfield’s Jonathan’s girlfriend in Lin Manuel-Miranda’s directorial debut. Tap, tap… Boom! Shipp has been confirmed to join the Barbie cast on March 18, although details about her role also remain unknown.
When will the? Barbie movie come out?
Variety reports that production will begin in London sometime “early this year,” putting the film on track for a 2023 release.
Will it be an indie movie?
Probably a blockbuster. Sony won’t be playing with its live-action feature films based on toys, which means Gerwig is all set on a budget. If the movie is like The Lego movie and Transformers franchise, the crew won’t hold back when it comes to creating a real Barbieland.
Is there really such a thing as an author’s version of Barbie?
Long before he directed I’m not here and Carolthe then 26-year-old Todd Haynes established himself as someone to watch with his short film Superstar: The Story of Karen Carpenter. The biopic documents the last 17 years of the titular singer’s life until her untimely death from anorexia nervosa — a premise obvious enough, except that the stars are Barbies rather than humans. Carpenter’s family successfully banned it in 1990, although it continued to become a cult classic, still generating many views on YouTube. Suffice it to say, unlike Gerwig, Haynes didn’t have Mattel’s approval.
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