Barbie Trailer: Margot Robbie Realizes Plastic Life Isn’t Awesome

Greta Gerwig is directing and co-writing the film, which also stars Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Michael Cera and more.

Margot Robbie is determined to find the place beyond the plastic dream world she is used to.

Robbie plays the eponymous Barbie doll in Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” a musical interpretation of the famous Mattel doll. Ryan Gosling plays Ken in an ensemble cast that includes Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Nicola Coughlan, Emerald Fennell and more, who are said to play different versions of Barbie and Ken. Will Ferrell plays a villain toy manager.

The teaser for Barbie revealed the true high-brow/low-brow version of the popular children’s toy and collectible, with a direct homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Director and co-writer Gerwig, who co-wrote the screenplay with collaborator Noah Baumbach, revealed that she was afraid to direct a film about iconic Barbie dolls.

“I think it has something to do with starting from that point of, ‘Well, anything is possible!’ It felt like a dizzying spell when I started writing it,” Gerwig recalled during an episode of Dua Lipa’s At Your Service podcast (Dua Lipa is set to have a cameo in the film and an upcoming single track which is produced by Mark Ronson who oversees the score). “Like, where do you even begin? What would the story be?

Gerwig continued, “I think it was that feeling I had that it was going to be a really interesting terror. They usually have the best stuff there. If you’re like, ‘I’m scared of that.’ Anything where you’re like, ‘This could be career ending,’ you’re like, ‘Okay, I probably should do it.’”

Lead actor Robbie is also producing the Warner Bros.’ film through her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. Academy Award-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran, who previously worked with Gerwig on her Little Women, is behind the Barbie looks, which have already gone viral through sneak peeks from the set.

Actor Liu teased the “big complicated dance sequences” fans can look forward to in the film, saying, “Greta was very, very conscientious about who she cast. We’ve been able to attract people of different shapes, sizes and abilities to participate in this dance – all with this message: you don’t have to be blonde, white or X,Y,Z to embody what it means to be a barbie or a ken to be.”

According to Liu, the film is “really about finding your inner beauty and owning that part of yourself and being the best possible version of you.”

Barbie hits theaters on July 21, 2023. You can find all the details about “Barbie” here. Check out the trailer below.

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