It will be released in July 2023 at the cinema, in competition with Oppenheimer, who also has a crazy cast!
While Warner Bros unveiled the first photos of Barbie and Kenrespectively embodied by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the future movie of Greta Gerwighere is everything we know about this feature film inspired by the famous toys of Mattel, designed from 1959 and sold in hundreds of millions of copies since, that the studio has been trying to put together for several years .
A feminine and feminist heroine
Greta Gerwig, the acclaimed director of Lady bird (2017) and The Daughters of Doctor March (2019) signed in 2019 with the studio for co-write Barbie with his companion Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, The Meyerowitz Stories), then to stage it solo. At that time, Margot Robbie was already cast for the main role, but also for the co-production of the film, via her company LuckyChap Entertainment. Revealed to the general public thanks to the wolf of wall streetby Martin Scorsese, in 2013 (a film in which she also appeared with an all-pink Barbie look), the actress founded this company with three friends in the process, in order to financially support her own projects (Me Tonya, Birds of Prey…), as well as films or series that are close to his heart, such as Dollface Where Promising Young Woman, without her being part of it as an actress. A way to ensure a certain freedom of choice in his roles in Hollywood. With Barbieshe promised to offer a strong and feminist role, which will surprise the public : “With this franchise, the name itself, people immediately have a preconceived idea: ‘Oh, Margot is going to play Barbie, I can see very well what it’s going to be’. But our goal is different: ‘Whatever you imagine, we’re going to give you something totally different. Something you didn’t know you wanted.’ Now the question is: can we honor the franchise and the fan base while surprising people? Because if we manage to do all that and generate an intelligent conversation, we are really on all fronts.”
Diversity at the heart of the five-star cast
Barbie had a long gestation (read the paragraph just below) and Margot Robbie arrived on the project in January 2019. Ken was cast in October 2021 in the person of Ryan Gosling, actor who revealed his perfect abs in Crazy Stupid Love, in 2011, during a memorable scene where his partner Emma Stone asked him if they were photoshopped. In February 2022, casting continues with America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Simu Liu (Shang Chi) and Kate McKinnon (who has already met Robbie in Scandalwith also Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron) and Ariana Greenblatt (the little girl of Without a soundwho played young Gamora in avengers 3). Shortly after, Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton) and Emma Mackey (the revelation of Sex Educationwho looks a lot like Margot Robbie) were announced, then Will Ferrell joined the team (to play the boss of a toy manufacturing company inspired by Mattel?). Finally, Issa Rae (Insecure), Michael Cera (Juno), Hari Nef (Assassination Nation), Kingsley Ben-Adir (Vera’s Investigations), Rhea Perlman (Cheers), Ncuti Gatwa and Connor Swindells (also famous thanks to the series Sex Education), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Sharon Rooney (Diary of an extraordinary teenager), Scott Evans (the brother of Chris Evans, seen in particular in the series You only live once), Ana Cruz Kayne (already in The Daughters of Doctor March), Ritu Arya (Umbrella Academy) and Jamie Demetriou (flea bag) we’re joining Barbie, as filming began in March at studios in Leavesden, England. An important cast, which only lacks an actress: Saoirse Ronan, the star actress of the director’s two previous films. It should also be noted that this cast is particularly diverse and inclusive: actors of different nationalities and origins have been cast, and several of them are openly gay, like Kate McKinnon, Ncuti Gatwa and Scott Evans, who made their coming out at the start of a career. And Hari Nef is a transgender actress.
Several versions of Barbie and Ken
If we’ve only seen the photos of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken so far, we know thatat least four other actors will play the two dolls : Issa Rae and Hari Nef will also play Barbie, and Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa will play alternate versions of Ken. On the other hand, we do not know the pitch of the film, kept secret by the studio, nor therefore the reasons which will make it possible to have several incarnations of the dolls on the screen.
8 years of reflection
Barbie was originally announced in 2014, when Sony and Mattel teamed up to shoot a live-action film about the famous doll. Jenny Bicks (The Greatest Showman) was the first screenwriter hired to write the film by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and studio head Amy Pascal. A year later, Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) is hired to rework it, then Hilary Winston (the series bad teacher) succeeds him. We then learn that Amy Schumer (Crazy Amy) is to interpret the heroine in the cinema in 2017, and that her Barbie will be expelled from her world of dolls for the real world, where she will have to fit into the body of an imperfect woman. Nothing says that this initial pitch has been kept over time, because since then, Amy, who had participated in the writing of this version of the character, has given way to Anne Hathaway (Princess in spite of herself, The Devil wears Prada) for a comedy that should have been directed by Alethea Jones (Queen America). This was then postponed, but in 2018, Sony lost the rights to Barbie, which are picked up by Warner Bros. Anne Hathaway leaves, and Margot Robbie enters into negotiations to replace her. Then it is Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach who sign for the project, allowing it to finally become reality. Note that this is obviously not the first adaptation project of Barbie on screen, several animated series and TV movies having been designed around it since the 1980s. It was especially in the 2010s that the phenomenon developed on television with at least one new production for children per year featuring Barbie. She also has a handful of video games bearing her image. Without forgetting Aqua’s famous song !
Barbie vs. Oppenheimer : competition will be fierce in the summer of 2023!
Last element that amuses moviegoers: Barbie will be released in the United States on July 21, 2023, exactly the day the American public will be able to discover Oppenheimer At the movie theater. At first glance, these two big projects have nothing to do with each other, but the fact that Christopher Nolan has also assembled a large cast for his biopic of the creator of the atomic bomb made for Universal has given rise to a rivalry between the two projects on the web. The first images ofOppenheimershot in black and white, are logically dark, where Barbie is surrounded by fluorescent pink sets, the first is directed by a man with a mainly male cast (even if he has “Fly” Florence Pugh to the creator of Daughters of Doctor March !), the second by a woman with a particularly diversified cast… And like Greta Gerwig who is shooting her new film without her favorite actress, Nolan has hired all of Hollywood for his film (starting with Cillian Murphy, already in Inceptionthe trilogy Dark Knight and Dunkirk), but he didn’t officially call on Michael Caine. Nor to Tom Hardy, actor whom he nevertheless found very regularly since Inception.
In France too, this “competition” will be in order, since the two films will be in theaters on July 19, 2023.
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