Barbie will be played by Margot Robbie in a forthcoming live-action feature, which Warner Bros. and Mattel have confirmed would be released in 2019. Together with her husband, Tom Ackerley, and producer Josey McNamara, the Oscar-nominated actress will also serve as co-producer for the film through her firm, LuckyChap Entertainment.
Barbie: The Movie will be the first live-action film to be produced under the Barbie franchise, as well as the first film agreement to be signed by Mattel Films, the film subsidiary of the business that created Barbie and other legendary toys. The narrative and release date of the film has not yet been revealed, but here is what we do know so far about the project.
Robbie Is “Honored” to Take on the Role.
A news statement from Robbie stated that Barbie encourages children to develop “confidence, curiosity, and communication” throughout childhood and that she allows them to “imagine themselves in aspirational roles ranging from princess to president.”
“I feel really privileged to be given this opportunity to work on a project that I believe will have a hugely beneficial influence on children and audiences throughout the world,” she continued in her statement.
As Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, and Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots, the actress has gone through some stunning makeovers. And, despite the fact that some admirers have referred to the actress as “the real-life Barbie,” she has managed to escape being typecast for jobs based on her appearance.
During her cover story for Harper's BAZAAR in December 2018/January 2019, she explained that “creative opportunities for women were restricted” when she was attempting to create a name for herself as an actor. “I didn't want to read another screenplay in which I was the wife or girlfriend—I wanted to be a trigger for the male narrative line, not the main character. It was a drab experience.”
Release Date of Barbie
This film's release date has been set for two years in the future. Production on Barbie will begin in London's Leavesden Studios in early 2022, Variety reports. Gerwig and Baumbach will first work on White Noise before that. It has been set for release on July 21, 2023, at this time.
Ryan Gosling Is Set to Play Ken.
For its male protagonist, the film nabbed another big name. According to Deadline, Ryan Gosling is in the final stages of talks to play Ken, Barbie's boyfriend. Despite being the studio's lone choice from the start, the Academy Award contender has finally agreed to participate after finding some time in his schedule. Going forward, it appears like the long-awaited picture will begin production in early 2022, thanks to Ryan Gosling joining on.
In April 2014, Mattel partnered up with Sony Pictures to make a film based on the Barbie toy line, which would feature Jenny Bicks writing the screenplay and Laurie Macdonald and Walter F. Parkes producing via their Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation brand.
At the time, it was expected that filming would commence by the year's end. Diablo Cody was brought in to rework the script in March 2015, while Amy Pascal was added to the production team at the same time. Later that year, Sony would hire Lindsey Beer, Bert V. Royal, and Hilary Winston to rework the script.
Berlin International Film Festival 2018, Greta Gerwig (Germany).
The script for Barbie was written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, the film's director, and co-writer.
When it was announced in December 2016 that Amy Schumer will play the titular character in a reimagined script by Winston and her sister Kim Caramele, discussions began immediately.
A schedule difficulty with the intended June 2017 production date led to Schumer's decision to end discussions in March 2017.
In July 2017, Sony hired Olivia Milch to rewrite the script and approached Alethea Jones to direct as a method to persuade Anne Hathaway to sign on. By March of this year, Jones had been hired to direct. With the expiration in October 2018 of Sony's option and the transfer to WB of Hathaway, Jones, Macdonald, Parkes, and Pascal's exit from the project.
Margot Robbie and Patty Jenkins were both in the running for the director's chair in the early stages of negotiations for the post. In July 2019, Robbie's role was announced, with Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach writing the screenplay. In July 2021, Gerwig signed on to helm the picture. Robbie, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, stated that the film's purpose was to “subvert expectations.
Things that are a little out of the ordinary appeal to us. We want to be like, “Whatever you're thinking, we're going to offer you something entirely different — the thing you didn't know you needed,” rather than being like, “Oh, Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is.” To properly honor and surprise fans, can we do both at once? To be successful, we need to be able to accomplish all of this while also eliciting a meaningful response from our audience.
- Margot Robbie as Barbie
- Ryan Gosling as Ken
- America Ferrera
- Simu Liu
- Kate McKinnon
- Ariana Greenblatt
- Alexandra Shipp
- Emma Mackey
- Will Ferrell
- Issa Rae
- Michael Cera
- Hari Nef
- Kingsley Ben-Adir
- Rhea Perlman
- Ncuti Gatwa
- Emerald Fennell
- Sharon Rooney
- Scott Evans
- Ana Cruz Kayne
- Connor Swindells
- Ritu Arya
- Jamie Demetriou
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a Barbie movie in 2021?
But at long last, a feature film starring Barbie is in the works. Here's all we know so far about the forthcoming film: [quote] Greta Gerwig is the director. As a coscreenwriter, Gerwig has been working on the movie since 2019, but Variety has now revealed that she will also be directing.
Is there a new Barbie movie coming out?
There will be a live-action Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie on the big screen on July 21, 2023, according to Warner Bros.
Is Margot Robbie playing Barbie?
Warner Bros. and Mattel have confirmed that Margot Robbie will play Barbie in a live-action film to be released in 2019. The Oscar-nominated actress will also work with her husband Tom Ackerley and producer Josey McNamara to coproduce the film through their firm, LuckyChap Entertainment.