Gadot was apparently approached by Gerwig and Robbie about joining the Barbie lineup, but she was sadly unavailable for production. Fortunately, the Barbies we’ll see in the movie are exploding with that adorable wacky Barbie energy. Joining Robbie’s traditional Malibu Barbie are Issa Rae as President Barbie, Hari Nef as Doctor Barbie, Alexandra Shipp as Writer Barbie, Emma Mackey as Physicist Barbie, Sharon Rooney as Lawyer Barbie, Dua Lipa as Mermaid Barbie, Nicola Coughlan as Diplomat Barbie, Ana Cruz Kayne as Judge Barbie, Ritu Arya as Journalist Barbie and Kate McKinnon as the strange Barbie. Emerald Fennell and Michael Cera join as Barbie and Ken’s best friends Midge and Allan, while Kingsley Ben-Adir, Simu Liu, Scott Evans and Ncuti Gatwa appear as different Ken dolls.
Based on the trailer alone, it’s apparent that everyone in the cast knows exactly what movie they’re in and what energy to bring to the table: big smiles, big hearts, and maybe a bit of emptiness behind the eyes, but still a character to behold. You wish he was your best friend. If the “Barbie” movie had been made earlier, someone like Jennifer Garner or Anne Hathaway would have been a perfect fit to play Barbie Girl, but as we discussed at /Film, Greta Gerwig was born to direct this movie.
“Barbie” parties in theaters on July 21, 2023.
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