Date: 12th April 2022
Actor and comedian Will Ferrell joins Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the live-action adaptation of Mattel's popular Barbie doll line.
Ferrell will join Robbie’s Barbie, Ryan Gosling’s Ken, America Ferrara, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Arianna Greenblatt, and Simu Liu. The plot for the film remains under wraps, but Robbie will be producing the film through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner with Tom Ackerley. Robbie Brenner and David Heyman will also produce the project for Mattel and Heyday Films respectively.
The Barbie movie has been in development for some time, initially casting comedian Amy Schumer in the role as far back as 2016. Eventually, Schumer dropped out of the project and was replaced by Anne Hathaway. However, since the film wasn't made in time, the rights reverted back to Mattel, who sold the rights to WB, causing another creative stir for Barbie, leading to Robbie's casting and the hiring of Gerwig and Baumbach to tackle the property.
Greta Gerwig's first two solo directed features, Lady Bird and Little Women, were both critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated. Robbie's production company has also produced Oscar nominated films like I, Tonya and Promising Young Woman.
Barbie does not have an exact release date yet, but the film is slated for a 2023 release and the project is set to start production some time soon.
Source: Press Release