Everything You Should Know About the Upcoming “Barbie” Live-Action Movie

Margot Robbie at the
Margot Robbie at the "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" premiere in 2019. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (10342015he)

The Barbie live-action movie has been in development for quite some time, but it seems Mattel is finally ready to get it off the ground. Here are the most important details about this exciting project that you should know before it goes into production.

Main Cast

Margot Robbie has been cast as Barbie in 2019, and she described this role as “a great opportunity to put some positivity out in the world and a chance to be aspirational for younger kids.” It’s recently been announced she’ll be joined by Ryan Gosling in the role of Ken, who’s been Warner Bros’ one and only choice for the role.

Creative Team

Some people have been skeptical about the prospect of a live-action Barbie movie, but they’ve changed their tune after learning who’ll be in charge of it. Greta Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind Lady Bird and Little Women, will be the one directing it and co-writing the script with Noah Baumbach.

Release Date

After several revamps and re-castings, the current version of the live-action Barbie has been in development since 2018, but it still doesn’t have a release date. The production is expected to begin in early 2022 and the studio is aiming for a theatrical release in 2023.