The enigma surrounding the Barbie movie continues to grow. After all, making a live-action Barbie film is one thing; making a live-action Barbie film directed by Greta Gerwig of Lady Bird and Little Women fame is another. The film isn’t due out until June 21, 2023, but with each new plot detail, photograph, and unearthed Letterboxd account we get, the anticipation grows. The movie has also been snatching up Hollywood celebrities in its manicured plastic fists, making it increasingly difficult to keep track of who’s who. So far, we’ve learned everything we know about the cast, plot, and release date. Please, take a chance and join us.
Barbie Movie 2023 Cast Predictions?
First and foremost, we know that Gerwig is writing the screenplay with her husband, Marriage Story writer Noah Baumbach, and that Gerwig is also directing. We also know that after Amy Schumer dropped out due to creative differences, Margot Robbie was cast in the lead role of the Mattel doll, and Ryan Gosling will play Ken. Both stars’ photos have been released, and if neither of them makes your heart skip a beat, you’re a boring person!
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Plot Expectations for Barbie Movie 2023
No, we don’t. One thing we do know is that it will not be about. Schumer abandoned the project because she insisted that Barbie be a “ambitious inventor.” Before Gerwig and Baumbach joined the project, the studio asked her whether Barbie’s invention could be a “high heel made out of Jell-O.” That was completely sexist, but it sounds like a fun outfit to try on.
The film was originally going to be produced by Sony and had a “fish-out-of-water story à la Splash and Big” in which Barbie is expelled from Barbieland for not being perfect, eccentric, or fitting in, according to Deadline. In the original plot, “She then embarks on an adventure in the real world, and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has realised that perfection is found on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is self-belief, unburdened by the need to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection.” It is unknown whether this is the plot of Gerwig and Baumbach’s version of the script, but it is safe to assume that these mumblecore pioneers will alter it in some way.
There’s More cast in Barbie Movie 2023
Every actor you’ve heard of in the last five years appears in either this film or Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Emma Mackey, a Sex Education standout and Margot Robbie clone, will appear in the film, giving Robbie and Mackey a chance to prove they’re not the same person in different fonts. (All that remains is for Samara Weaving and Jaime Pressly to join the cast for true acclaim.) Aside from that uncanny double act, it is rumoured that both Barbie and Ken will be played by multiple actors. Hari Nef and Issa Rae are also rumoured to be playing Barbies, and Ryan Gosling is joined in Ken-ly duties by Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa, a new Doctor Who (and fellow Sex Education alum).
Will Ferrell also appears, making him the star of two separate shockingly intelligent toy-based films. In an apparent nod to Mattel, the company that manufactures Barbies, Hot Wheels, and American Girl dolls, he will take on the role of CEO of a toy company. Michael Cera, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Ariana Greenblatt, and Alexandra Shipp will also join the Barbie cast in roles that have yet to be determined.
Even More Cast is Going to be in this Movie
Evidently not. Saoirse Ronan and pop star Dua Lipa are also rumoured to be joining the cast. Life in plastic will not be completely fantastic until we have more information.