Barbie isn’t even a real person, but she’s considered to be one of the biggest modern feminist icons to children all over the world. Now she’s ready to make the jump to live-action and we have our first look at Margot Robbie as the lead of Barbie.
Check this picture of Robbie out:
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Besides Robbie, the movie also includes Ryan Gosling, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Simu Liu, Hari Nef, and America Ferrera. Will Ferrell has also joined the cast, and it’s rumored that he’ll be playing the big boss of a toy company that may or may not be Mattel.
It’s actually a great bit of meta-casting that they hired Robbie to play Barbie for the film. Besides Robbie being drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also quite the superwoman offscreen, and has been producing some of her own projects. With Greta Gerwig at the helm, we should expect Barbie to have some interesting commentary about feminism. While Barbie is known for embodying the ideal modern woman, the doll has been a source of criticism for promoting unrealistic body standards among children which have carried over to adulthood.
We don’t have a breakdown of the story yet, but I hope we get something kid-friendly but meaningful like The LEGO Movie. While it’s great that we get to have Barbie have some social commentary, I think we should always keep the core audience—kids—in mind.
Catch Barbie when it hits theaters July 21, 2023.