The Barbie Movie: Release Date, Cast, Plot

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

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

After 21 years of animated Barbie movies, the live-action adaptation is coming to the big screen.

Warner Bros. is officially Barbie’s girlfriend and the internet is already alive in Barbie’s world. Twitter and TikTok were flooded with real-time coverage of the filming, with principal photography slated to begin in England in March 2022. Filming took place in Los Angeles, and performances by prominent cast members in Venice Beach garnered a lot of public attention.

With an open set that allows people to get close to the inner workings of the movie, scenes are already picked and decoded, while meme culture keeps the completely unpredictable from going away.

Read more: Watch the first Barbie trailer

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

When is the premiere of the Barbie movie?

Trailer artwork for Barbie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.  (Warner Bros.)

Trailer artwork for Barbie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. (Warner Bros.)

While development on the film is still in its early stages, the Barbie movie already has a solid release date planned.

The downside is that fans will have to wait a little longer to see the end result.

Warner Bros. scheduled the official theatrical release of Barbie for July 21, 2023. There is no digital release schedule as of yet, although it is expected to be around 45 days later, according to the studio’s history.

While nothing is certain, viewers will be able to 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 all-star cast.

Margot Robbie will play the lead role of Barbie, and Ryan Gosling will star opposite her as Ken.

Read more: Margot Robbie promises a ‘surprise’ Barbie doll movie

With two Oscar nominations, Robbie is best known for her roles in I, Tonya and Bombwhile Gosling has hits such as LaLa Land and Drive.

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

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

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

The cast also includes America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats), Emerald Fennell (The Crown), Connor Swindells (Sex Education) and Kingsley Ben-Adir (Peaky Szory). Each of their roles is still unknown.

Still from the Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ryan Gosling and Ncuti Gatwa in a frame from the Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

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

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

Will Ferrell will reportedly appear as the CEO of the toy company.

Who is directing Barbie?

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 09: (LR) Directors Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig attend the 92nd Annual Hollywood and Highland Academy Awards on February 9, 2020 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Directors Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on February 9, 2020. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

While the first iteration Barbie doll was announced for 2018 starring Amy Schumer, since then fan excitement has been fueled by Greta Gerwig’s directorial choice.

Gerwig joins the project fresh from his latest feature film Little womenand Barbie became her third appearance as a director.

Still from the Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

Still from the Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

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

Greta has been portrayed on set many times, often wearing a pink jumpsuit to match the cast’s plastic fantasy costumes.

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

Still from the Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

Still from the Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

It’s no surprise that not many details of Barbie’s plot have been given so far.

Aside from the initial promotional shots that were released in June 2022 and the first trailer, most of what we know about the film comes from public reports on social media. Photos of Robbie and Gosling rollerblading in Los Angeles sparked much public speculation, as did photos of their first scenes together.

As Barbie’s first live-action film, it’s likely to stay away from what fans have seen in animation. It is unknown what time period the film will be set in or what genre it will embody.

It’s safe to say that viewers should expect the unexpected.

Is there a Barbie movie trailer?

The first Barbie trailer was released in December 2022. It was an homage to the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, featuring Margot Robbie as the famous doll.

The trailer opens with a voice-over that shows children playing with dolls against a dusty desert backdrop, similar to the opening scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film.

“Since the dawn of time, ever since the first little girl appeared, there have been dolls. But the dolls were always and forever baby dolls until…” says the voiceover.

Still from the Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

Still from the Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

Robbie is then revealed to be a giant Barbie doll, replacing the monolith that forces the great apes to learn to use weapons in 2001.

This causes the babies in the clip to throw their old baby dolls in the trash, culminating in a parody of the famous “match cut” where the baby is replaced with a Barbie logo.

Will Aqua’s song be in Barbie?

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

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

While fans might want to sing along to her, Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” has already been left out of the movie.

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

This is believed to be due to Mattel’s bad blood with the Danish pop band since the song was released in 1997.

Barbie will hit theaters on July 21, 2023.

Watch: Barbie doll filming is in progress

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