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Barbie Girl Summer Is Coming and Everyone’s Invited

We just got our first peek at Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie' movie!

Margot Robbie as Barbie in a pink car

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is lining up to be the movie of (next) summer. Here’s everything you need to know about the star-studded Mattel doll…biopic? Romantic comedy? We can’t wait to find out! Not to enforce the gender binary, but it’s nice to see a major blockbuster pull IP from the girl’s aisle in the toy store for once. Sorry! I’m trying to delete it.

What we know about Barbie

Gerwig will direct the movie, with a screenplay she co-wrote with her husband, Noah Baumbach. The indie darlings may seem like an odd fit for a character who exemplifies the mainstream, but that’s kind of what makes this movie all the more exciting. It will star Margot Robbie in the titular role, and we just got a teaser photo that shows her sporting a very 60s look in her (very) pink, signature Barbie car. In the same tweet, Warner Bros. also told us when to expect the film.

The Barbie teaser gave us film history and so much dancing

The opening 2001: A Space Odyssey homage was perfect, and then it explodes into color and light and the most delightful vibes. I see you in your Gene Kelly best, Simu Liu!

When will Barbie be released?

The film will open on the same weekend as Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, debuting on July 21, 2023. This raised some eyebrows on Twitter, particularly in light of Nolan’s beef with Warner Brothers. Is it deliberate counterprogramming? Are we expected to believe that Oppenheimer and Barbie will have similar audiences? There probably is more crossover than you’d think—both films have cast enough recognizable names to fill seats for weeks—but it doesn’t seem like either studio would make that assumption.

You could fill a toy chest with the celebrities in the cast of Barbie

Margot Robbie IS Barbie. Ryan Gosling IS Ken. Will Ferrell IS the “CEO of a Toy Company” (ok LEGO Movie vibes)…and that’s not all. The cast of Barbie also includes:

  • America Ferrera (The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants)
  • Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)
  • Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
  • Ariana Greenblatt (In The Heights)
  • Alexandra Shipp (tick, tick… BOOM)
  • Emma Mackey (Sex Education), who many think looks just like Robbie.
  • Mackey’s Sex Education co-stars Connor Swindells and Ncuti Gatwa.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure)
  • Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
  • Hari Nef (Transparent)
  • Kingsley Ben-Adir (The OA)
  • Rhea Perlman (Matilda)
  • Emerald Fennell (The Crown, she also wrote and directed Promising Young Woman)
  • Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary)
  • Scott Evans (Grace and Frankie, Chris Evans’ Instagram)
  • Ana Cruz Kayne (Painkiller)
  • Ritu Arya (The Umbrella Academy)
  • Jamie Demetriou (Fleabag)

You couldn’t possibly guess what it’s about

“All we can say is whatever you’re thinking, it’s not that,” Robbie told The Hollywood Reporter. “We like the things that feel a little left of center. Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, ‘Oh, Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is,’ but our goal is to be like, ‘Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different — the thing you didn’t know you wanted.’”

Fine, I won’t have any expectations then! I was more of a Polly Pocket girl anyway.

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Leah is 50% Southerner, 50% New Englander, and 100% fangirl over everything from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to stage lighting and Marvel comics about teenagers. She used to test toys for Hasbro (true story).