While plot details have been kept tightly under wraps, the film does find Barbie and Ken stuck in the real world, where the former discovers the challenges of being a live woman. Robbie stars opposite Ryan Gosling, who plays Barbie’s longtime boy toy Ken.
Along with Robbie and Gosling, the star-studded cast includes Will Ferrell, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, Nicola Coughlan, Emerald Fennell, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Ncuti Gatwa, Issa Rae, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya and Jamie Demetriou. Variety exclusively reported that Hari Nef (“And Just Like That,” “You”) and “Tick, Tick … Boom!” star Alexandra Shipp also have supporting roles in the film.
The film is directed by Gerwig from a script the “Lady Bird” and “Little Women” filmmaker co-wrote with Noah Baumbach. “Barbie” is a co-production by Mattel Films, Heyday Films and Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment banner with Tom Ackerley. LuckyChap’s Josey McNamara and Mattel’s Ynon Kreiz as executive producers. The film began production earlier this year in London and wrapped in July.
Back in 2019, Robbie told Variety’s Marc Malkin the importance of bringing Barbie to life on screen. “I think it’s a great opportunity to put some positivity out in the world and a chance to be aspirational for younger kids,” she said.
“Barbie” premieres in theaters on July 21, 2023. Watch the full trailer below.