“Margot Robbie Portrays Real-Life Interpretation of Mattel’s Iconic Fashion Doll”
The recently released teaser provides a first glimpse of Margot Robbie portraying the famous fashion doll, Barbie, created by Mattel. In the short clip, Robbie appears as both the original Barbie, winking at a group of girls, and a more modern and glamorous version of the doll. The teaser is accompanied by narration from Helen Mirren and presents the film as an epic story set in a world where Barbie challenged the norm of girls playing exclusively with baby dolls. Additionally, the teaser includes quick glimpses of Ryan Gosling as Ken and Simu Liu showcasing his dance moves.
The Barbie film marks the first occasion where the iconic toy is brought to life in a live-action movie. The movie is helmed by Greta Gerwig, known for her work on “Lady Bird,” and the screenplay is co-written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, who have collaborated on films like “Marriage Story” and “White Noise.” The film boasts an extensive ensemble cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Ariana Greenblatt, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell, and Nicola Coughlan.
Over the course of its development, the Barbie film has undergone numerous changes and has been in the works for a span of eight years. Throughout this time, various actresses such as Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway were considered for the lead role in earlier versions of the script. Additionally, there were reports of directors Alethea Jones and Patty Jenkins being involved in the project at different stages.
Robbie previously expressed to The Hollywood Reporter that the Warner Bros. movie aims to defy expectations. “We are drawn to things that have a slightly unconventional touch,” the two-time Oscar nominee explained. “For instance, with Barbie, the intellectual property and its name immediately evoke certain preconceptions like, ‘Oh, Margot is portraying Barbie, I know what that entails.’ However, our objective is to present something completely different—something that you didn’t even realize you desired… Can we genuinely pay homage to the intellectual property and the fan base while also surprising people? Because if we can achieve all of that and spark meaningful discussions, then we are truly excelling.”
Barbie drives into theaters July 21, 2023.