Release date, cast and everything we know so far

Originally announced in 2014, the upcoming Barbie movie has quickly become one of the most anticipated releases of 2023.

Audiences have praised and criticized every Barbie update (this is one of the most popular toys of all time, after all), but this April Warner Bros.’ released the official first-look picture of Margot Robbie as Barbie, and the anticipation has been growing ever since — especially after Warner Bros. fanned the flames with our first look at Ryan Gosling as Ken.

Greta Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated Little Women and Lady Bird filmmaker, not only co-wrote the latest Barbie draft, but is also directing the project. In addition to starring as the title character, Robbie is alongside Dallas Buyers Club producer Robbie Brenner (Mattel Films) and Harry Potter producer David Heyman (Heyday Films) and her husband Tom Ackerley (LuckyChap Entertainment).

Here’s everything we know so far about the Barbie movie, from the release date to the cast and the project’s long production history.

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When will it be released?

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Mattel doll, Barbie will hit theaters on July 21, 2023

Who is in the “Barbie” cast?

The highly anticipated film features a cast of very different actors and actresses. Robbie is set to be the “main” Barbie, along with Ryan Gosling as the “main” Ken. Word has it that there will be different versions of Barbie – one is said to be portrayed by Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and the other could be Hari Nef (“And Just Like That…”) – and the three Barbies will be matched theirs own ken.

The rest of the (revealed) cast includes Will Ferrell, Simu Liu (Marvel’s “Shang-Chi”), Michael Cera (“Superbad”), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Emma Mackey (“Sex Education”), Kingsley Ben-Adir (“High Fidelity”), America Ferrera (“Superstore”), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Ncuti Gatwa (“Sex Education”), Ariana Greenblatt (“Avengers: Infinity War”), Ana Cruz Kayne (” Little Women”), Alexandra Shipp (“Tick, Tick, Boom…”), Ritu Arya (“The Umbrella Academy”), Sharon Rooney (“Dumbo”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education”), Scott Evans (“Almost Love”) and Jamie Demetriou (“Fleabag”).

Nicola Coughlan, Dua Lipa and Saoirse Ronan have been rumored to be linked to the production but have not yet been confirmed.

Between the upcoming Greta Gerwig and Christopher Nolan movies, every Hollywood actor could hit theaters in July 2023. Nolan’s upcoming movie – and potential box-office rival – Oppenheimer could have cast anyone not in Barbie.

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Shouldn’t Amy Schumer be there?

The “Barbie” project actually has quite a long development history. Originally, in 2014, writers Diablo Cody and Jenny Bicks wrote a screenplay for a potential Sony “Barbie” franchise. By 2016, Amy Schumer joined the project and revised the script with Hillary Winston, focusing the story on a woman who was kicked out of Barbie-Ville for not being able to meet the standards of physical perfection fulfill. After “scheduling conflicts” — which later turned out to be creative differences — Schumer left the production in 2018.

In 2019, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actress Margot Robbie and Warner Bros. took over production, with Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) and Noah Baumbach (‘Marriage Story’) writing the screenplay, with Gerwig directing.

What is “Barbie” about?

While the plot has yet to be revealed, it was revealed this spring that Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling won’t be the only Barbie and Ken.

After Margot Robbie’s Letterboxd account and her Watch for Barbie list went viral on Twitter, Letterboxd and Twitter users began speculating as to what they thought “Barbie” might be about. Robbies”Watch out for BarbieThe list of films includes Splash (1984), Puberty Blues (1981), The Truman Show (1998) and two of Jacques Demy’s musicals The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). Some fans have theorized that “Barbie” may contain musical numbers, but the cast and crew have been very tight-lipped about what they’re working on.

Is it filming now?

Yes. ‘Barbie’ began filming at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios in London in early 2022.

Most importantly, will “Barbie” feature Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” in the film?

Unfortunately, viewers who are looking forward to seeing Robbie’s Barbie and Gosling’s Ken accompanied by the 1997 pop song will be disappointed to learn it won’t appear in the film.

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