You may have already heard about the upcoming live-action film Barbie. As someone who grew up with the franchise, from the dolls to the games to the animated movies, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the film’s release, along with so many others. Well, Warner Bros. Entertainment has just uploaded a teaser trailer that offers a first look at the motion picture. Here’s everything you need to know, along with a few book recommendations to keep you busy until the film’s official premiere.
All About Barbie
Barbie is scheduled to premiere in the United States on July 21, 2023. The movie stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. However, it is worth noting that there are supposedly many other Kens and Barbies in the film as well. Reportedly, Issa Rae, Hari Nef, and Ncuti Gatwa will also be featured. The film is directed by Greta Gerwig, who is most known for her solo-directed films Lady Bird (2017) and Little Women (2019).
Not much has been revealed yet in regard to the movie’s plot. But, it’s safe to say we should expect the unexpected. In an interview with British Vogue, Robbie said, “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…’”
Up until now, only photos of the cast have been revealed. The new teaser that just dropped changes all of that. And boy, life in plastic really does look fantastic.
The trailer opens with a scene reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In it, young girls begin destroying their outdated baby dolls after catching a glimpse of the 30-foot tall Margot Robbie Barbie Doll. Following this, Barbie shoots them a cheeky little wink. Later on, we see flashes of clips, including a colorful Barbie-topia, Ryan Gosling’s Ken, and dazzling dance numbers.
Watch the teaser for yourself below.
Three Books Barbie Would Totally Read—And You Should Too!
While July isn’t terribly far away, it sure feels like it is. And, what better way to pass the time than to read? In honor of the new teaser, here are three books that we think Barbie would absolutely love. Naturally, they all have pink covers too.
1. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
In Mattel’s animated Barbie film franchise, Barbie takes on numerous roles as an actress. Similarly, Shay Goldstein and Dominic Yun take on the role of a pair of exes in this riveting romantic comedy. In it, Shay is a producer at her Seattle public radio station, while Dominic is her newest colleague. And, they can’t stand one another. When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show called The Ex Talk, which features two exes who deliver relationship advice on air.
Her boss loves the idea and decides that Shay and Dominic would make the perfect co-hosts. After all, they already despise each other. While neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, it’s either this or unemployment. So, they agree to do it, and their audience quickly becomes invested. Not long after, The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen, climbing the charts. But, as the show grows bigger, so does their deception. Especially because Shay and Dominic begin to fall for one another. And, it’s high stakes. In an industry that values the truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
2. Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Honestly, there is never a dull moment in Barbie’s life. So naturally, it only makes sense to suggest a suspenseful mystery. Like Barbie, Finlay Donovan is killing it… except, she’s really not. In reality, Finlay is a stressed-out single mom of two, and currently, her life is in chaos. The new book she promised her agent isn’t written, her ex-boyfriend fired their nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.
While Finlay is out to lunch with her agent, she is overheard discussing the plot of her new thriller. As a result, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problematic husband in order to make ends meet. Soon, Finlay begins to realize crime is a lot more difficult in real life than its fictional counterpart. This novel is full of twists and surprises and will keep you reading until the very end.
3. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
If you know anything about Barbie, you know she is recognized for her immaculate sense of style. Well, so is Becky Bloomwood. She has a fabulous flat in London’s hottest district, the coolest clique of socialite friends, and a closet filled with the season’s latest trends. However, she has one big secret—she can’t actually afford any of it. Her job writing for Successful Saving magazine (ironically enough) not only bores her to tears, it also doesn’t pay much at all. Now, Becky’s being chased by the bank with letters with large red sums. She tries cutting back… she really does… but her only consolation is to buy herself something nice.
Finally, a story arises that Becky actually wants to write. But, this first-page article packs a stronger punch than Becky anticipates. In fact, it triggers a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever. This book is full of hilarious hijinks and will leave you giddy with laughter. Further, it’s the first installation in a series of nine. So, if you like it, there’s a lot more where that came from!
Here at Bookstr, we can’t wait for the upcoming Barbie film this July. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these reading recommendations!
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