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Barbie is an upcoming American romantic comedy film based on the eponymous fashion doll line by Mattel and directed by Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach. Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling lead an ensemble cast as Barbie and Ken, respectively. It serves as the franchise’s first live-action film adaptation after a number of computer-animated direct-to-video and streaming television films.
The film was originally announced in 2009 by Universal Pictures with Laurence Mark originally producing, but development began in April 2014, when Sony Pictures acquired its rights. Following multiple writer and director changes and the casting of two different actresses to play the titular character, Sony lost the rights and these were subsequently transferred to Warner Bros. Pictures. Robbie was cast in 2019 and also serves as a producer under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner alongside Mattel Films and Heyday Films.
Gerwig was confirmed as director and co-writer with Baumbach in 2021. Gosling and the rest of the cast were announced in early 2022, and filming began in March 2022 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in England, concluding in July.
Barbie is scheduled to be released in the United States and United Kingdom on July 21, 2023 by Warner Bros. Pictures.