We finally have our first look at Greta Gerwig's Barbie starring Margot Robbie

Life in plastic, it's fantastic.

by George Griffiths and Jenna Mahale
27 April 2022, 9:00am

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In October of last year, Greta Gerwig’s live-action Barbie film found its Ken in the shape of Ryan Gosling. Since then, we’ve been waiting with bated breath (for many months!) for a peek at what a Margot and Ryan Barbie and Ken type situation might look like. Well, we might not have much longer to wait. Because we finally have our first look of what at least one half of the world’s most iconic bleach-blonde couple will look like, imagined by Greta, with a newly released image. Here’s everything else we know about the movie so far.

Who will star in Barbie?
A number of new names have been added the star-studded cast: along with Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, and America Ferrera, Sex Education’s Emma Mackey will be joining the line-up in a mystery role. Let’s hope for an evil twin situation with Margot Robbie’s Barbie.

Greta — who co-wrote the script with partner Noah Baumbach — had signed Margot onto the project early. According to Deadline, Ryan was the only choice for Ken and had initially turned down the role, until the pre-production dragged on longer than expected and he was suddenly able to sign on. It’s great news for fans of hot and also very good actors taking on parts they are actually kind of perfect for, when you think about it.

As for Barbie itself, no release date for the film has been announced, but here’s everything (else) we know about the film in the meantime:

Greta Gerwig will (officially) both direct and co-write Barbie

Barbie was first announced nearly two years ago, where it drove a lot of buzz as the project Greta would be focusing on after the release of the critically lauded Little Women.

She was first attached as a co-writer on the film alongside her partner, the director Noah Baumbach, but now it’s been announced that Barbie will also function as her third directorial feature.

And what’s more, Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie is also attached to star as Barbie. It’s the titular role!

Margot Robbie is aware the title character comes with her own “baggage”

In an interview with British Vogue, Robbie confirmed that the project - which is also being produced by her company, LuckyChap - is taking on a controversial figure in certain regards.

“[Barbie] comes with a lot of baggage!” She told the publication. “And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it.

“People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t…’”

The iconic doll serves as kind of a bastion for outdated and unrealistic beauty standards. Therefore we can at least assume that the actress’ comments (and, to a larger extent, Greta’s involvement) mean that Barbie will be getting something of a post-modern rehabilitation in the new film.

When is Barbie set to be released?

Barbie is set to be released sometime in 2023, with production taking place in London this year.

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