“Barbie” Fever Hits Australia as Margot Robbie Brings the Magic Down Under
Get ready, Australia, because the “Barbie” fever is about to hit Down Under! Margot Robbie, along with her fabulous co-stars America Ferrera and Issa Rae, will be jetting to Sydney with filmmaker Greta Gerwig to celebrate their highly anticipated movie.
This star-studded trip marks the beginning of a global publicity tour that’s bound to turn the world pink with excitement. And guess what? Aussie fans are in for a treat! On Friday, June 30, a fan event called “Barbie’s Best Day Ever at Westfield Sydney” will be taking place at Pitt Street Mall. Can you say “dream come true”? Well, not quite. Ryan Gosling won’t be joining them, but we’ll still be able to catch him on the big screen.
Prepare to soak up all things “Barbie” as the director and cast spill the tea on their Barbie adventure. But that’s not all — fans are encouraged to bring their most cherished Barbie dolls and dress in head-to-toe Barbie pink.
Sydney marks the beginning of the “Barbie” movie world tour. Completely dolled up in pink, the cast is “taking this show on the road” and giving fans the chance to get up close and personal. Robbie and Gosling will be making appearances across Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Seoul, Mexico City, London, and Berlin.
Read on to learn everything we know about the big film, from its plot and stacked cast to the release date, character posters, and trailers.
– Additional reporting by Chandler Plante.
"Barbie" Movie Cast
Margot Robbie stars as Barbie, and Ryan Gosling will play Ken. Thanks to the character posters, we know America Ferrera and Ariana Greenblatt are humans who somehow get sucked into Barbie’s orbit. McKinnon, Shipp, Mackey, Rae, Nef, Rooney, Cruz Kayne, Coughlan, and Arya are all Barbies. Simu Liu, Scott Evans, Ncuti Gatwa, and Kingsley Ben-Adir are all Kens. Michael Cera and Emerald Fennell are friends of Barbie and Ken. Ferrell’s character is the CEO of a toy company, and it looks like Connor Swindells and Jamie Demetriou play two of his employees. Helen Mirren serves as the story’s narrator.
The cast list in the April 4 trailer also includes Rhea Perlman and John Cena.
We finally got our best look yet at the highly anticipated Greta Gerwig-directed movie after Warner Bros. released the film’s full-length trailer on May 25 – which, at long last, reveals the plot that’s been kept secret for months now. In the nearly three-minute clip, all the Barbies, including Margot Robbie’s, blissfully enjoy their care-free lives in Barbie Land. That is until Robbie’s flat-footed stereotypical Barbie shatters their reality with an existential crisis as she starts to lose her spunk (this includes her famous perched Barbie toe).
To get to the bottom of the mystery, she’s instructed to go where no Barbie doll has gone before . . . the real world. With her Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, riding shotgun in her bubblegum pink convertible, the two jet off to experience a whole new world, clueless to the trouble they’ll soon get into.
A few hours later, Warner Bros. also released the second teaser trailer for the film, which gives a Beach Boys-infused look at Barbie Land and its many Barbie and Ken residents who soak up the sun and the colour pink.
The first teaser for “Barbie” was released in December 2022 and the over-the-top footage paid homage to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” to hilarious effect. The clip opens with footage of a sunrise over a desert as a documentary-style narrator says, “Since the beginning of time, since the first little girl ever existed, there have been dolls.” Little girls play with their dolls as the narrator continues, “But the dolls were always and forever baby dolls, until . . .” The narration fades as a massive version of Robbie’s Barbie stands among the girls and winks at them. Utterly impressed, the girls begin smashing their baby dolls.
Warner Bros.’s logline for the film reads, “After being expelled from ‘Barbieland’ for being a less-than-perfect doll, Barbie sets off for the human world to find true happiness.”
"Barbie" Movie Writer and Director
Gerwig is the director. Her previous work includes 2017’s “Lady Bird” and 2019’s “Little Women.” She cowrote “Barbie” with her partner, Noah Baumbach. The pair previously collaborated on 2012’s “Francis Ha,” which Gerwig starred in.
Margot Robbie "Barbie" Poster
Previously Warner Bros. dropped 23 whopping character posters for Gerwig’s long-awaited movie on April 4, announcing the role of nearly every cast member. Of course, fans already knew that Robbie stars as Barbie with Gosling as Ken, but the posters also confirmed that the movie is overflowing with plenty more Barbies, portrayed by actors like Issa Rae, Nicola Coughlan, Sharon Rooney, Hari Nef, Emma Mackey, Ritu Arya, and even Kate McKinnon. The posters also revealed for the first time that pop star Dua Lipa is in the film as a mermaid Barbie, and she even has a song on the movie’s soundtrack.
Robbie’s poster reads, “Barbie is everything.”
Dua Lipa "Barbie" Poster
Dua Lipa’s poster reads, “This Barbie is a mermaid,” and features her as a blue, sparkly mermaid.
Issa Rae's "Barbie" Poster
Issa Rae’s poster reads, “This Barbie is President.” In the photo, she wears a sash that says president.
Kate McKinnon's "Barbie" Poster
McKinnon’s “Barbie” poster reads, “This Barbie is always in the splits.”
Ana Cruz Kayne's "Barbie" Poster
Cruz Kayne’s poster reads, “This Barbie is a Supreme Court Justice.”
Ncuti Gatwa's "Barbie" Poster
Gatwa’s “Barbie poster says, “Ken again!” He’s dressed like a country singer with a guitar and red cowboy hat.
Michael Cera's "Barbie" Poster
Cera’s poster says, “There’s only one Allan.” If you don’t quite remember Allan, he is a discontinued doll that was meant to be one of Ken’s friends.
Emerald Fennell's "Barbie" Poster
Fennell’s “Barbie” poster announces, “She’s Midge.” Midge is also a real Barbie doll who was introduced at the same time as Skipper (Barbie’s younger sister, who does not seem to be in the movie). She was first released in the 1960s, and then rereleased in the 1980s as Allan’s wife. Mattel even sold a pregnant Midge doll during that time.
"Barbie" Official Poster
The official “Barbie” poster was also released on April 4 and features Robbie’s Barbie and Gosling’s Ken lounging on a big letter B.
Margot Robbie on Set of "Barbie"
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