In her interview with Vogue UK, Margot Robbie opened up about her excitement about the Barbie movie, and how having Greta Gerwig attached as the co-writer and now director offers a chance to subvert everyone’s expectations — something she’s thrilled about. “[Barbie] comes with a lot of baggage! And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it. People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t,'” she said.
Few details about the film have been released, though we know that it will begin production in 2022 and is aiming for a 2023 release (via Variety). Robbie told the Hollywood Reporter in December 2020 that above all, the goal is for “Barbie” to be “the thing you didn’t know you wanted.” LuckyChap is swerving away from the audience’s expectations. “Now, can we truly honor the IP and the fan base and also surprise people?” Robbie shared with THR. “Because if we can do all that and provoke a thoughtful conversation, then we’re really firing on all cylinders.” LuckyChap co-founder Josey Mcnamara agreed, saying that “Barbie” is “our Everest.”
With Greta Gerwig as its director (and co-writer) and Robbie as its star (and producer), “Barbie” promises to be an interesting take on the toy with a decades-long history. So, come on, Barbie — let’s go party!