After seeing her in small cameos in Pixar movies, the most famous doll in the world will have a live action of her all of her.
On a pink Chevrolet in front of a pink background, but with a blue top and headband. And smiling, of course. What else to expect from the first photo of Barbie, the film arriving in July 2023 as announced yesterday by Warner Bros at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. In her role is Margot Robbie, an actress clearly born to play her as it was more than evident when we discovered her in The Wolf of Wall Street.
The image confirms every stereotype linked to the doll, but detractors will struggle to dismantle the violence of the world of Barbie, white and sweet. Years and years of inclusion of every possible job role, disability and ethnicity have greatly weakened the beautiful and slim blonde version born in 1959 in Willow, Wisconsin (real name Barbara Millicent Roberts).
The latest release has the appearance of Queen Elizabeth. And during the lockdown she turned the image of Barbie-quarantine with regrowth, dark circles and unwanted hair on social networks. An ugly version that made a lot of laugh, as well as company in despair. At the cinema, however (according to the widespread photo) she won the glamor of Barbie-California. You can be inclusive as long as you want, but behind the doll there is an industry that is worth a lot.
With a precise vertex. Changing it would be like changing the Happy Holidays Coca-Cola commercial (I’d like to sing with you). Warner knows it, Mattel knows it, and LuckyChap (Robbie’s production company that produces together with the two giants of cinema and toys) knows it too. However, we speak of meta plot, which often means a moral lesson and time dedicated to each voice, from the body to neglected representations.
Barbie: cast and director
What do we know about live action? Meanwhile, it is directed by Greta Gerwig on a screenplay written by her and her husband Noah Baumbach. For the director of Little Women, a bizarre choice that suggests a deconstruction of the myth-Barbie and her plastic life of her, under the supervision of the dollars put up by Mattel, of course. A sufficient approach, but also the universally propaganda one would be enough to guarantee a special screening at Cannes 2023.
The cast includes Will Ferrell, Ryan Gosling (as Ken, and who else?), Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey (Sex Education) and America Ferrera. In the company of Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya and Jamie Demetriou. The most interesting element of the group, however, is the transgender actress Hari Nef (recently seen in And just like that and a darling of fashion, especially Gucci)
Sources: IO Donna, Vanity Fair