Barbie movie: Release date, cast, plot for Margot Robbie film as new trailer lands
2023's biggest movie is about a life in plastic
After 21 years of animated Barbie movies, a live-action adaptation is making its way to the big screen.
Warner Bros., the studio behind the movie, has released 24 new character posters for the film revealing more about the film that looks set to be a summer smash when it arrives in July.
From Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling to Helen Mirren and Will Ferrell, the film boasts more stars than the milky way.
Read more: Watch the first teaser for Barbie
Here’s everything we know about the Barbie movie so far.
When will the Barbie movie be released?
Warner Bros. has scheduled the official Barbie theatrical release for 21 July, 2023.
As of yet, there is no schedule for a digital release, though this could be expected around 45 days after in line with the studio’s history.
While nothing is set in stone, audiences could be seeing the Barbie movie online as soon as September 2023.
Who will star in the Barbie movie?
With so many details still unknown, the Barbie movie was quick to announce its star-studded cast.
Margot Robbie is taking on the lead role of Barbie, while Ryan Gosling is set to play opposite her as Ken.
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With two Oscar nominations each under their belts, Robbie is best known for her roles in I, Tonya and Bombshell, while Gosling has had hits including La La Land and Drive.
Other big-name stars have also been confirmed to star with their roles seeming to place them as alternate Barbie and Kens.
Dua Lipa will appear as a mermaid Barbie, Ana Cruz Kayne as a supreme court justice Barbie and according to her teaser poster, Sex Education's Emma Mackey's Barbie has a Nobel Prize in physics.
You star Hari Neff will play a doctor Barbie, Alexandra Shipp a celebrated author Barbie, Sharon Rooney a lawyer Barbie and Ritu Arya's Barbie has a Pulitzer Prize. Nicola Coughlan steps into the shoes of a diplomat Barbie while Issa Rae's Barbie is the president of this Barbie world.
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— Barbie Movie (@barbiethemovie) April 4, 2023
Meanwhile, former Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon looks set to play multiple roles as the tame-looking Midge and a wild rockstar Barbie that, according to her character poster, is "always doing the splits."
When it comes to Kens, in addition to Gosling, we can expect to see Scott Evans, Peaky Blinders' Kingsley Ben-Adir, Marvel star Simu Liu and new Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa as fellow playthings.
In addition, Michael Cera will play Allan — one of the only male Barbie-world stars not to be a Ken.
Rounding things out are the previously announced Will Ferrell, Connor Swindells and Stath Lets Flats' Jamie Demetriou as a trio of stern-looking suits, with America Ferrera, Ariana Greenblatt in regular old human roles and Helen Mirren as the film's narrator.
Who is directing Barbie?
While the first iteration of Barbie was announced for 2018 starring Amy Schumer, fan excitement has since been fuelled by the directorial choice of Greta Gerwig.
Gerwig joins the project fresh from her latest feature film Little Women, with Barbie becoming her third outing as a director.
She was originally attached to the film as a co-writer alongside her partner, and long-time collaborator, Noah Baumbach with her directorial role announced in July 2021.
Greta has been pictured multiple times on set, often donning a pink jumpsuit to match the plastic fantastic outfits of the cast.
What do we know about the Barbie movie’s plot?
The main trailer for Barbie gave viewers a taste of what is to come in Greta Gerwig's film. Robbie's Barbie will begin to see some changes in her daily life, and in order to understand the reason why she has to visit the real world in order to find herself again.
Gosling's Ken will be coming along for the ride, and together the two of them will search for the meaning to life and also come up against Mattel, the company that produces Barbie dolls, and its boss (played by Ferrell) who want to catch Barbie and put her back in her box.
Is there a trailer for the Barbie movie?
The first official trailer for the Barbie movie was released on Tuesday, 4 April 2023, giving. us our first proper look at this colourful world. Watch it below:
Another trailer was released on Thursday, 25 May that teased Barbie's adventures in the real world, where she goes to learn the truth after some strange things begin to happen to her. Ken, of course, comes along for the ride.
Meanwhile, the first teaser trailer for Barbie was released back in December 2022. It paid tribute to the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey as it introduced Margot Robbie as the famous doll.
The trailer begins with a voice-over, in which children can be seen playing with dolls against a dusty, desert backdrop similar to the opening scenes of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie.
"Since the beginning of time, since the first little girl ever existed, there have been dolls. But the dolls were always and forever baby dolls, until..." says the voice-over.
Robbie is then revealed as a gigantic Barbie doll, replacing the monolith which triggers the apes in 2001 to learn how to use weapons.
This causes the infants in the clip to trash their old baby dolls, culminating in a parody of the famous "match cut", with a baby replaced by the Barbie logo.
Will the Aqua song be in Barbie?
As much as fans might like singing along to it, ‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua has already been ruled out of a film appearance.
According to Variety, Aqua’s manager Ulrich Møller-Jørgensen has said the song will not be used, with Warner Bros. so far declining to comment.
This is believed to stem from Mattel’s bad blood with the Danish pop band since the song’s release in 1997.
Barbie is coming to cinemas on 21 July, 2023.
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