Barbie, the iconic doll, is making her way to the big screen in a live-action adaptation that promises to be a summer blockbuster like no other. With Margot Robbie stepping into the role of Barbie herself, this much-anticipated comedy is set to dazzle audiences worldwide. Here’s everything you need to know about the film.
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When Is Barbie Coming Out?
Mark your calendars because Barbie is set to hit theaters on July 21, 2023. Warner Bros. made the exciting announcement at CinemaCon, and fans are counting down the days.
But if you can’t wait that long, there’s a special nationwide event titled the “Barbie Blowout Party” on July 19, 2023, where lucky attendees will get to enjoy the film two days before the official release.
However, it’s worth noting that Barbie won’t be gracing screens in every corner of the globe, as it was recently banned in Vietnam due to a controversial map depicting the “nine-dash-line.”
Will Barbie Be in Movie Theaters?
Yes, Barbie will initially be a big-screen extravaganza. Tickets for this highly anticipated film went on sale on June 21, 2023, accompanied by a promotional video that added to the excitement.
Will Barbie Be Available on Streaming?
While Barbie will initially have an exclusive theatrical release, fans will eventually be able to stream it on Warner Bros.’ newly rebranded streaming service, Max, once its theatrical run concludes. This follows the trend of recent Warner Bros. releases like “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” hitting the streaming platform.
Is There a Barbie Trailer?
The Barbie hype reached a fever pitch when the first teaser trailer dropped on December 15, 2022, before select screenings of “Avatar: The Way of Water.” The trailer went viral after Warner Bros. released it online the following day.
The trailer opens with a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” with a group of girls playing with dolls. Helen Mirren’s narration sets the stage for Margot Robbie’s Barbie, dressed in a black and white striped swimsuit, making a grand entrance. The trailer hints at a wild adventure, introducing us to Simu Liu, Ryan Gosling’s Ken, and a glimpse of Issa Rae. It’s a tantalizing teaser that left fans eager for more.
On April 4, 2023, Warner Bros. treated fans to a second official teaser trailer, offering a closer look at the film’s characters and its “PG-13” humor. It includes amusing moments like Ken’s sleepover at Barbie’s and a hilarious “Beach Off” challenge between the Kens, led by Gosling and Liu.
Then, on May 25, 2023, the full main trailer for Barbie was released, finally revealing more about the film’s plot. Barbie embarks on a journey to the Real World, pursued by the CEO of Mattel, as she grapples with existential questions and dwindling interest in her. Set to an original song and Cass Elliot’s “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” the trailer promises a film that appeals to Barbie lovers and skeptics alike.
A Ken-centric trailer was also released on July 10, featuring Gosling singing the original song “I’m Just Ken.”
What Do We Know About The Plot of Barbie?
For years, details about Barbie’s plot remained a well-kept secret. However, recent revelations shed light on the story’s intriguing twists.
Margot Robbie, who plays Barbie, revealed that the character decides to leave Barbie Land due to an existential crisis, questioning her own mortality and the monotony of her life. The Kens in Barbie Land, as revealed, lack possessions of their own.
Costume designer Jacqueline Durran teased that self-discovery would be a central theme, a hint at the deeper narrative beneath the glitz and glamour.
Who Stars in the Barbie Movie?
The Barbie ensemble is nothing short of star-studded, with Margot Robbie leading the way as Barbie herself. Ryan Gosling takes on the role of Ken, Barbie’s romantic interest, in a transformation that created quite a buzz.
The film introduces a variety of Barbies, each with their own unique traits, portrayed by Kate McKinnon, Emma Mackey, Alexandra Shipp, Sharon Rooney, Nicola Coughlan, Anna Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya, Issa Rae, Dua Lipa, and Hari Nef. The Ken counterparts include Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans, and John Cena as Merman Ken.
The supporting human cast includes Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Ariana Greenblatt, Marisa Abela, Rhea Perlman, and more.
Who Is Making Barbie?
The creative team behind Barbie is a powerhouse. Greta Gerwig, an Academy Award nominee, directs the film and co-writes it with her partner, Noah Baumbach. Margot Robbie, in addition to starring as Barbie, is a producer through her Lucky Chap Productions label alongside her husband, Tom Ackerly. Other producers include David Heyman, Robbie Brenner, and an impressive list of executive producers.
The film boasts a talented crew, including cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, editor Nick Huoy, visual effects supervisor Glen Pratt, and music supervisor George Drakoulias. The production designer is Sarah Greenwood, with Jacqueline Durran designing the costumes.
The film’s soundtrack is a star-studded affair featuring artists like Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice, Dua Lipa, Karol G, PinkPanthress, Charli XCX, and more. Ryan Gosling even lends his voice for a song titled “I’m Just Ken.”
When and Where Did Barbie Film?
Production on Barbie kicked off in March 2022 at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios in England. Months later, the cast celebrated the film’s completion.
Interestingly, the film’s sets used so much pink paint that it reportedly led to an international shortage, a testament to the extravagance of Barbie’s world.
A featurette released on June 16, 2023, offered an exclusive tour of the Barbie Dreamhouse used in the film, showcasing the meticulous work of production designer Sarah Greenwood.
What Is Barbie Rated?
Despite Barbie’s kid-friendly origins, this live-action adaptation has been rated PG-13 by the MPA. Expect a touch of suggestive content and brief language, giving it a more mature edge.
Who Is Doing the Soundtrack for Barbie?
The Barbie soundtrack promises to be a musical treat. Alongside an updated version of “Barbie Girl” by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice, Dua Lipa contributes an original song titled “Dance the Night.” The soundtrack features tracks by various artists, adding depth to the film’s musical tapestry.
Will There Be a Sequel to Barbie?
The Barbie adventure might not end with this film. Talks about a sequel are already in motion at Warner Bros. and Mattel. While nothing is confirmed, it’s clear that Barbie’s journey is far from over. Stay tuned for more pink-tastic adventures!