Warner Bros. has released a new trailer of “Barbie” that finally gives the idea of what audiences can expect to see director Greta Gerwig’s summer tentpole which detail was kept under the wrap until now.
Gerwig’s upcoming film sets in Barbieland (where everyone is seemingly also named Barbie and Ken), Margot Robbie’s Barbie and Ryan Gosling’s Ken venture out beyond the borders of their homeland. The new footage shows Barbie and Ken exploring the modern world, which is quite different from the safe haven of their pink-coded and plastic lifestyle. While on Venice Beach, Barbie punches a man who slaps her butt, and she and Ken end up posing with some LAPD mugshots. Meanwhile, people in our world are starting to freak out that a real-life Barbie is walking the streets of L.A.
Alongside Robbie and Gosling, “Barbie” is set to feature a star-studded cast, including Will Ferrell, Connor Swindells, Nicola Coughlan, Emerald Fennell, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, America Ferrera, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Sharon Rooney, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya, Jamie Demetriou, Emma Mackey, Dua Lipa, Issa Rae, Hari Nef, Alexandra Shipp, Simu Liu, Scott Evans and Ncuti Gatwa.
Gerwig serves as director and co-writer of the film along with her real life husband, Noah Baumbach. The film is a co-production by Mattel Films, Heyday Films and Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment. Josey McNamara from LuckyChap and Ynon Kreiz from Mattel also serve as executive producers. Robbie, told Vogue in a new cover story published this week, “(it was) really f—ing hard” to convince Mattel and Warner Bros., two very nervous ginormous companies,” to let Gerwig and Baumbach have full creative control.
Greta Gerwig sat behind the camera for Barbie, marking her first project since she helmed Little Women. Her previous project starred Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson, and it took home the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
The film was inspired by old technicolor musicals, with the cast screening films like “The Red Shoes” and “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” as part of “movie church” during production. The first trailer for the film included a direct homage to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and multiple double-entendre spoofs like wordplay on a beach fight.
“Barbie” hits theaters July 21.