‘Barbie’ film teaser has arrived to disrupt expectations

The primary “Barbie” teaser trailer has arrived to disrupt our expectations of a film primarily based on a toy — very similar to Barbie apparently disrupted the infant doll business.

Clocking in at simply over a minute, Warner Bros.’ tease introduces audiences to Margot Robbie’s embodiment of the well-known Mattel doll along with her towering determine, profitable smile and understanding wink.

The teaser, narrated by Helen Mirren, takes a web page out of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” opening with the 1968 film‘s iconic score and a scorched-earth world of young girls playing with old-fashioned baby dolls. That is, until the arrival of Margot as the swimsuit-clad monumental fashion doll in all her plastic glory.

After that, we get a glimpse of the very pink cinematic world built by director and co-writer Greta Gerwig, with peeks at the star-studded cast in action — and possible musical numbers — including Ryan Gosling as Barbie’s longtime beau Ken, a pink jumpsuit-wearing Issa Rae and a twist-dancing Simu Liu.

The live-action movie, set to hit theaters July 21, additionally stars Will Ferrell as Barbie’s brother and CEO of Mattel, in addition to America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Ncuti Gatwa, Michael Cera, Alexandra Shipp, Hari Nef, Emerald Fennell and Emma Mackey, amongst others.

The Oscar-nominated Gerwig, of “Lady Bird” and “Little Women” fame, wrote the extremely buzzed-about script along with her life companion and fellow filmmaker Noah Baumbach. The challenge has been within the works for practically a decade and at one level was helmed by “Juno” and “Jennifer’s Body” author Diablo Cody, who bowed out as a result of, she instructed Display Crush, she was “literally incapable of writing a Barbie script.” . Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and actor-comedian Amy Schumer had been every eyed for the titular position too.

Gerwig’s model is rumored to characteristic completely different variations of Barbie, with a number of of the celebs enlisted for the challenge tapped for the choice roles. The film started manufacturing in London earlier this 12 months and wrapped in July. First-look pictures that includes Robbie and Gosling in character final June despatched the web into an obsessive spiral. In the meantime, paparazzi photos of the brightly costumed pair curler skating whereas taking pictures in Venice Seaside didn’t go over as properly.

From left to proper, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ryan Gosling and Ncuti Gatwa within the 2023 “Barbie” live-action movie.

(Warner Bros. Photos)

Plot particulars have been saved secretive — the present IMDb synopsis reads “Barbie lives in Barbie Land and then a story happens” — however the script has been an enormous draw round Hollywood. Robbie, whose character made her debut in 1959, instructed the Hollywood Reporter in 2020 that the movie is hoping to subvert expectations.

“We like the things that feel a little left of center,” the “Babylon” and “Amsterdam” star mentioned about her manufacturing firm that took on the challenge.

“Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, ‘Oh, Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is,’ but our goal is to be like, ‘Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different — the thing you didn’t know you wanted’ … Can we truly honor the IP and the fan base and also surprise people? Because if we can do all that and provoke a thoughtful conversation, then we’re really firing on all cylinders.”

“Barbie” is produced by Mattel Movies, which gave Gerwig entry to the decades-old Barbie archive, Heyday Movies and Robbie’s LuckyChap Leisure banner with Tom Ackerley.

Ferrell has described the forthcoming movie because the “ultimate example of high art and low art.”

“It’s a loving homage to the brand and, at the same time, couldn’t be more satirical — just an amazing comment on male patriarchy and women in society and why Barbie’s criticized and yet why every little girl still wants to play with Barbie,” he instructed Selection final month. “Boy, when I read it, I was like, ‘This is fantastic.’”