Come on, Barbie, let’s go party. Whether we want it to or not, that iconic Aqua song is pulsing through our veins as we anticipate the upcoming big-screen Barbie movie. She is no stranger to the screen, though. The iconic Mattel doll is, after all, the star of a whole animated cinematic universe. But now she’s getting the Hollywood treatment with a live-action film. Margot Robbie stars as the titular blonde girlboss, and she has a whole lot of star power with her—both in front of and behind the camera.
The movie is bringing many elements of Barbie to life. And one of the most important things we’ll see in this live-action vision of the doll is Barbie’s Dreamhouse. A recent article in Architectural Digest walks us through the surreal home.
For starters, “There are no walls and no doors,” in Barbie’s Dreamhouse, according to director Greta Gerwig. “Dreamhouses assume that you never have anything you wish was private—there is no place to hide.” And what a meditation on Barbie that is. Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer discuss more about the Dreamhouse. They note that the scale of the Barbie creation was very odd. Gerwig adds, “The ceiling is actually quite close to one’s head, and it only takes a few paces to cross the room. It has the odd effect of making the actors seem big in the space but small overall.”
Greenwood adds “It’s very definitely a house for a single woman.” And that might not be such a bizarre notion now. But when Barbie’s first Dreamhouse was created in the ’60s, it was a revelation.
In sum, Gerwig shares, “I wanted to capture what was so ridiculously fun about the Dreamhouses… Why walk down stairs when you can slide into your pool? Why trudge up stairs when you take an elevator that matches your dress?… Maintaining the ‘kid-ness’ was paramount. I wanted the pinks to be very bright, and everything to be almost too much.”
Here’s everything we know about Barbie, the movie.
Warner Bros. and Mattel are keeping it simple with this one, calling the movie Barbie.
So far, Warner Bros. and Mattel are keeping on the down low about Barbie‘s plot. But given the castings we know the ensemble film will include at least a few familiar figures from the Mattel world. In addition to the titular character, her on-again/off-again boyfriend Ken is a major figure. And there may even be more than one. Plus, this is a film from Greta Gerwig (and Noah Baumbach). So it wouldn’t be too surprising if they throw in a couple surprises. Will we see a wistful or melancholy Barbie in the movie, trying to move on from her himbo love? Or will we follow Barbie on a coming-of-age journey as she figures out what her dream job really is? With Gerwig at the helm and this stacked cast, we’re game for just about anything.
Barbie‘s first teaser offered us a lot to think about as well. You can watch below and check out our full breakdown of Barbie‘s trailer, including its 2001: A Space Odyssey references and recreations.
Barbie‘s second trailer, meanwhile, brought us something a little bit more conventional, but no less excellent.
Most recently, Barbie shared a slew of witty posters with us, teasing its full cast of Kens, Barbies, humans, and more. We definitely can’t wait to see how they come together in the movie. We have a feeling we will soon enter a fantastic world like no other.
April 4, 2023
April 4, 2023
Behind the Scenes
Greta Gerwig will write and direct the film, with real-life partner Noah Baumbach co-writing the script for the Barbie movie. Robbie and Tom Ackerley are also producing the film through their LuckyChap Entertainment production company. Mattel’s Robbie Brenner and David Heyman also produce.
As stated above, Margot Robbie, who is also producing the movie, is Barbie. Ryan Gosling is playing Ken. Joining them are Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Alexandra Shipp, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Ncuti Gatwa, Emerald Fennell, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, Connor Swindells, Ritu Arya, Jamie Demetriou, Kate McKinnon, Ariana Greenblatt, Emma Mackey, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, and Hari Nef. Dua Lipa has all come aboard. It is quite a cast, to say the least!
In addition, we now know that Will Ferrell will play “the CEO of Mattel.” According to the actor, the role is “that guy who’s just insensitive but weird.” At CinemaCon 2023, we also learned that John Cena would play the role of mermaid Ken. Sounds exciting.
Barbie’s Release Date
Barbie releases on July 21, 2023.