Margot Robbie to star as Barbie in latest production
by Jaskiran Kaur | Sat, 16 Apr 2022 18:03:16 GMT
Margot Robbie features an uncanny resemblance with the American doll Barbie; Credits: ScreenRant

If there is one actress who could totally pull off playing Barbie, both in terms of talent and looks, it has to be Margot Robbie. 

Beautiful to the extreme Margot Robbie will both produce and star in the film. The Barbie live-action mania has already gotten to the fans and Hollywood is seeing an upsurge in the number of people interested in America's play doll. Fans have already started imagining what the gorgeous actress will look like in a real-life Barbie doll and Malibu princess. 

The actress talked about becoming a Barbie back in 2019 during the premiere of her film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." The character of the Barbie doll has been long beloved by kids everywhere and is a prominent figure during their growing years. 

Hence, Robbie shared that bringing the character to life would mean she would get to bring some joy into the lives of children and source positivity. Not only will it be great from an entertainment point of view, she told Variety, but also as a source of inspiration for children. 

The film features directorship by Greta Gerwig and a script sourced from the filmmaker of "Little Women" and "Lady Bird", who collaborated with Noah Baumbach. Warner Bros. is in charge of the production of the film and it will hail under the studio label of Mattel and Robbie's house, LuckyChap Entertainment

Ryan Gosling, America Ferrara, Kate McKinnon, and Simu Liu will also star in the Barbie production; Credits: Screen Rant

There is not much news about the plot of the film. It is safe to say that the film could arrive as a pleasant surprise. 

The actress also revealed her experience with shooting Barbie when talking with British Vogue back in August 2021. She explained that because Barbie has been a prevalent figure in the lives of many people, the character brings with her a lot of nostalgia and also poses a lot of challenges. 

But of course, Barbie is a pretty great character to portray considering all the adventures she has and her various endeavors. Explaining the public response to the film, Robbie shared that many people instantly form a judgment about the film when they hear that it is going to be about Barbie. Yet, the mention of Greta Gerwig is enough to make people realize that the film could be so much more. 

Here is everything that is yet known about the movie as brought forward by Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig:

The Star cast of the film

The role of Barbie's long-term partner will be played by Hollywood darling Ryan Gosling. Of course, it makes you wonder who would make the cut to star as the other honorable figures on the show, like the sisters of Barbie, Skipper, and Christie, and her BFFs. 

It has already been revealed that Emmy-winning actress America Ferrara, known for Ugly Betty and Superstore, and Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live will star in the film. There will also be a debut by Simu Liu, the Marvel superhero actor who plays Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Their roles are yet not revealed. 

The film will also star Hari Nef and Alexandra Shipp; Credits: AP

Apparently, the film will also star the phenomenal trans artist Hari Nef, famous for And Just Like That and You, along with actress Alexandra Ship from Tick, Tick ... Boom! While Variety revealed that these artists would perform in the film, their assigned roles are yet not made public. Other cast members might include Ariana Greenblatt and Will Ferrell. Ferrell is rumored to play a toy company CEO in the film. 

Other publicly known additions to the film include Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Ritu Arya, Rhea Perlman, Sharon Rooney, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, and Jamie Demetriou. Margot Robbie will also once again collaborate with filmmaker Emerald Fennell, known for Promising Young Woman after they worked together on the film which went ahead to grab an Oscars award for the LuckyChap label. 

From the stars of Sex Education, the Barbie film will cast three artists, including Emma Mackey, an actress bearing an uncanny resemblance to Robbie, Ncuti Gatwa, and Connor Swindells.

When will the film be released?

The film began its production in early 2022 at the WB's Leavesden Studios in London. It is expected to make an appearance in the theaters as of 2023. 

A look back into the history of Barbie films and franchises

Apart from the Barbie film by Robbie, the franchise has had a successful 40 years in the run, featuring animated films and series. There have been more than a few live-action adaptations to the franchise in these past few years. 

Margot Robbie will star along with Noah Baumbach in the film, Credits: Politecsaude

Amy Schumer and Anne Hathway were both in talks about featuring in a live-action Barbie film, with the Juno and Young Adult writer said to be in work for the script. The latest Barbie film by Mattel and Robbie has also been in talks for a long time but is now finally ready to make an appearance.