The ‘Barbie’ trailer is here and it’s a beach blanket Babylon of fun
After an epic teaser three months ago that aped the opening 2001: A Space Odyssey, we now have a fuller, if still a teaser, of Greta Gerwig’s much-anticipated summer fun fest Barbie and it’s as candy-colored and beach-flavored as you thought it would be.
While we don’t get too much in the way of a storyline, we do get introduced to Barbie Land, to Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) and the many versions of Barbie and Ken (like Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Emma Mackey, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa and more) we do know that the setup takes Barbie and Ken out of their doll world and drops them into the real one, one that includes Will Ferrell as the CEO of Mattel.
The film also stars America Ferrera (Superstore, the How to Train Your Dragon films), Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Juno), Ariana Greenblatt (Avengers: Infinity War, 65), Rhea Perlman (Cheers, Matilda), Ana Cruz Kayne (Little Women), Hari Nef (Assassination Nation, Transparent), Alexandra Shipp (the X-Men films; Love, Simon), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami, Peaky Blinders), Scott Evans (Grace and Frankie), Jamie Demetriou (Cruella), Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Emma.), Sharon Rooney (Dumbo, Jerk), Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton, Derry Girls), Ritu Arya (The Umbrella Academy), Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Dua Lipa and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen).
Oscar nominee Gerwig (Lady Bird, Little Women) directs Barbie from a screenplay by herself and her Oscar-nominated partner Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story, The Squid and the Whale), based on Barbie by Mattel. The film’s producers are Oscar nominee David Heyman (Marriage Story, Gravity), Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, with Michael Sharp, Josey McNamara, Ynon Kreiz, Courtenay Valenti, Toby Emmerich and Cate Adams serving as executive producers.
Gerwig’s creative team behind the camera included Oscar-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (The Irishman, Silence, Brokeback Mountain), six-time Oscar-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood (Beauty and the Beast, Anna Karenina), editor Nick Houy (Little Women, Lady Bird), Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (Little Women, Anna Karenina), visual effects supervisor Glen Pratt (Paddington 2, Beauty and the Beast), music supervisor George Drakoulias (White Noise, Marriage Story) and Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water, The Grand Budapest Hotel).
Barbie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and released in theaters only nationwide on July 21, 2023 and beginning internationally on July 19, 2023.