“Barbie” Trailer Reveals Margot Robbie in Greta Gerwig’s Live-Action Look at Mattel’s Iconic Doll
Warner Bros. has just dropped the second and much longer look at co-writer/director Greta Gerwig’s live-action Barbie, revealing the star-studded, candy-colored live-action look at the decidedly weird life of Mattel’s iconic doll. Whereas the first trailer riffed on the iconic prehistoric “Dawn of Man” sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the new trailer widens the lens and teases the larger cast. It also offers a few salient plot points for our heroine and her friends.
While Margot Robbie’s Barbie is, of course, the main attraction, the supporting cast is a deep and talented bench, including Ryan Gosling as the bottle blonde version of Ken. Yet he’s not the only Ken (nor is Robbie the only Barbie); in fact, Gosling’s Ken is in direct competition with Simu Liu’s Ken, and their rivalry will make up at least part of the plot.
As for those other Barbies, they include Issa Rae’s President Barbie, Dua Lipa’s Mermaid Barbie, Kate McKinnon’s gymnast Barbie, Nicola Coughlan’s diplomat Barbie, Alexandra Shipp’s writer Barbie, Ritu Arya’s journalist Barbie, Emma Mackey’s physicist Barbie, Sharon Rooney’s lawyer Barbie (there’s more), Hari Nef’s doctor Barbie, and Ana Cruz Kayne’s judge Barbie.
Joining the above cast of Kens and Barbies are Emerald Fennel’s Midge, Barbie’s longtime best friend, Will Ferrell, Ariana Greenblatt, America Ferrera, and Jamie Demetriou.
Gerwig said one of the things that drew her toward doing the film was terror, which she revealed on Dua Lipa’s podcast At Your Service: “It was something that was exciting because it was terrifying,” she said. “It felt like vertigo, starting to write it, like: ‘Where do you even begin, and what would be the story?’ And I think it was that feeling I had, knowing that it would be really interesting terror. Usually, that’s where the best stuff is, where you’re like, ‘I am terrified of that.’ Anything where you’re like, ‘This could be a career-ender — then you’re like, ‘I should probably do it.’”
Now she’s gone and done it, and Barbie is easily one of the most intriguing films on the 2023 slate.
Check out the second trailer below. Barbie hits theaters on July 21, 2023.
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Featured image: Caption: MARGOT ROBBIE as Barbie in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BARBIE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures