Nothing like a huge dose of pink and all kinds of bubble gum color palettes to brighten up a gray Tuesday. The second teaser trailer of the highly-anticipated BARBIE movie and it looks so much fun!
I’ve actually never been into Barbies or dolls in general, I was more into cars as a kid growing up with two brothers. The only time I paid attention to Barbie was when it appears in Toy Story 2 which was hilarious. When I first heard they were making a Barbie movie, I was more curious than excited, after all, it’s got quite a pedigree of talented people in front and behind the camera.
Greta Gerwig directs a huge ensemble cast from a script she co-wrote with her fellow writer/director husband Noah Baumbach. Per IMDb trivia, this project has undergone multiple different iterations since it was originally announced in 2009, and has been a property for three different studios. Originally it was a Universal Pictures production, but after five years of development, Sony Pictures took over in 2014. Jenny Bicks was hired as a screenwriter but replaced by Diablo Cody the following year. In December 2016, Amy Schumer entered negotiations to star in the title role, as well as rewrite the screenplay alongside Kim Caramele. Schumer exited the project in 2017 when it was announced Alethea Jones would direct, Olivia Milch would write and Anne Hathaway would play the lead. Sony’s option expired in October 2018 and the project transferred to Warner Bros. Pictures, where the project would finally leave the in-development phase.
What a Cast!
Margot Robbie (who serves as a producer) plays the main Barbie, and Ryan Gosling as the main Ken, but in this Barbie Land, there are multiple versions of Barbie and Ken – hey we are in the multiverse era after all, so naturally!
The different versions of Barbie are played by a diverse cast, not just in terms of skin color/ethnicity but also body shape: Ritu Arya, Nicola Coughlan, Ana Cruz Kayne, Dua Lipa, Emma Mackey, Kate McKinnon, Hari Nef, Issa Rae, Sharon Rooney, and Alexandra Shipp. Emerald Fennell.
Same with the cast playing different versions of Ken: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Scott Evans, Ncuti Gatwa, Michael Cera, and Simu Liu.
Just like the dolls, these Barbie versions have a variety of occupations and achievements. I LOVE that Issa Rae plays President Barbie, Hari Nef plays Barbie doctor, Emma Mackey (Margot Robbie’s ‘twin’) plays Nobel-Prize-winning Barbie in physics, Ana Cruz Kayne plays Supreme Court Justice Barbie, etc.
As for the humans in the movie, we’ve got Dame Helen Mirren as the narrator and Will Ferrell as the CEO of Mattel, along with America Ferrera and Jamie Demetriou, though not sure who they’re playing.
What is the movie about?
The official synopsis reads:
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.
Well, the trailer reveals that Barbie and Ken have somehow been transported to the real world, so of course they don’t quite get the hang of what it means to live outside of Barbie Land. While Barbie seems to still be able to take things in stride, Gosling’s Ken doesn’t seem to be completely okay. Gosling and Simu Liu are seen as if they’re about to have a mano-a-mano, as manly as they can be in Barbie Land, ahah. But from what I read in interviews with Robbie, we should expect something original and off-the-wall. This is what she tells The Hollywood Reporter:
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.”
I really hope the movie will be as entertaining as it looks!
Brilliant marketing gets Barbie back into the cultural zeitgeist
The colorful character posters are fun to look at and you can’t help but smile while you look at them!
All-new character posters for #Barbie, featuring Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Michael Cera, and more. pic.twitter.com/vs2sE0RsbM
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) April 4, 2023
People have been making their own versions of the Barbie posters… from Ted Lasso, Wanda, Mandalorian, etc. 😀
I made #TedLasso as #Barbie posters! Originally posted these to my personal tumblr (nessa007) ☺ pic.twitter.com/24B1QP2auY
— tedlassogif (@tedlassogif) April 4, 2023
#barbie character posters but it’s wanda through the decades! pic.twitter.com/TgNlw6lhzd
— ken (@wandaslizzie) April 4, 2023
#DinDjarin and #BoKatanKryze in #Barbie posters.#TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/AdRWcxPnKl
— It’s Joy 🍡 | The Mandalorian SPOILERS (@JoyceAsakuraS2) April 4, 2023
I think Warner Bros has a hit on their hands if we’re judging from social media reactions alone. Surely Margot Robbie needs a hit after two of her big-budget movies–Amsterdam & Babylon–both flopped. Not at all her fault of course as she’s always great in everything, but this just looks like a fun time at the movies! No run time or MPAA rating is revealed yet, though most likely it’ll be PG-13.
BARBIE will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023 – the same day as Christopher Nolan’s equally star-studded OPPENHEIMER. So practically every Hollywood actor will be appearing on the big screen that day!
What do you think of BARBIE’s latest trailer?
10 thoughts on “Trailer Spotlight: BARBIE movie trailer 2 – in Barbie Land even existential crisis can be so bubbly fun!”
I live for Barbies!! I still have mine from when I was a kid.. I gave them to a friend I whose daughter I take care of and we have gotten tons more. I play them all the time with her as she’s just going to be 10. They are going to have a Barbie World here in SM this month that I have tickets to go to!! yay Barbie forever!!
Wow, you really do love Barbie! Well this is definitely a movie for you, Peggy! I’m not into dolls at all but this trailer had me hooked, I sure hope the movie is as good as the marketing.
As a straight dude, I AM TOTALLY GOING TO FUCKING SEE THIS!!!! FUCK YOU CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!!!!! Honestly, this looks like fucking insane but insanely fucking awesome!!!! I was in shock in what I saw as it looks hilarious and not taking itself seriously. I’m loving some of these recreated Barbie posters as the ones for the MCU and Ted Lasso (not over the 4th episode and… man… FUCK YOU RUPERT!!!!). Yet as a fan of pro wrestling and AEW… my favorite is for Orange Cassidy who does look a lot like Ken in the denim as his tagline is This Ken is… Whatever…
Ahahaha!! I actually have no issues w/ Christopher Nolan, but yeah I’m more excited about this one than Oppenheimer, despite my love for Cillian Murphy! I’m glad he’s got the lead role but I probably just see that when it hits streaming (unless I get a free screening).
Oyyy I haven’t seen ep 4 yet, just dropped tonight, so no spoiler please!
Oh, OK. Sorry. I hate Rupert.
Finally watched ep 4 and boy, Rupert is a loathsome human being indeed!
I can’t wait!
When I heard about this movie years ago, I thought to myself, it has to be a silly comedy and not some straight up serious film. Glad they went with the silly comedy route and it looks like a lot of fun. I probably won’t see it in theater but will watch it when it hits streaming.
I can’t imagine doing a Barbie movie as a straight-up serious movie, ahah. Both Gerwig and Baumbach are great writers and this is not the typical projects they tackle, which makes it even more intriguing.