“[A junior agent] was like, ‘If I could stake my career on any one script, it’s the ‘Barbie’ script. I really think you should do it,’” the “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star told GQ UK in May.
Gerwig and Baumbach have been a couple since 2011 and welcomed a son, Harold, in 2019. The movie’s plot remains under wraps. Grr.
They weren’t the first to take a shot. Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody was brought on in 2015, during the Sony phase of “Barbie,” but that didn’t work out.
“Dude, I never even produced an initial draft. I failed so hard at that project,” Cody told ScreenCrush years later. “I was literally incapable of writing a Barbie script. God knows I tried.”
The costume designer is an Oscar winner
Gerwig has reunited with her “Little Women” costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, for the guaranteed-viral outfits that populate “Barbie,” Variety reported Tuesday.
Durran is a two-time Academy Award winner for the period costumes of “Little Women” and 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice.” She was also nominated for her costume design in “Cyrano,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Darkest Hour,” “Mr. Turner,” “Anna Karenina” and “Atonement.” More recently, she costumed the likes of Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz in 2022’s “The Batman.”
So is Gosling’s outfit above considered a “period” costume? Maybe we’ll get back to you on that one.
‘Barbie’ was in preproduction forever
Sony Pictures wasn’t the first company to option the film when it took the property into preproduction in 2014. Producers flipped through a number of options for director and lead actor, none of which stuck.
For a while, Sony wanted Amy Schumer as Barbie, but she dropped out in 2017, citing “scheduling conflicts.” There was a rumor that Anne Hathaway was interested in the role. Eventually, Sony’s option ran out; Mattel then partnered with Warner Bros. in 2019, deciding that Robbie would play the live-action version of the legendary doll.
The rest of the cast is, well, a lot
Along with Robbie, Gosling and Liu, the cast includes Ritu Arya (“The Umbrella Academy”), Emma Mackey (“Sex Education”), Will Ferrell (“Anchorman”), Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton”), America Ferrera (“Superstore”), Michael Cera (“Arrested Development”), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) and Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), according to IMDb.
Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Hari Nef (“Transparent”) are also in the cast, with New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan hearing gossip at the Cannes film festival in May that the two are playing different versions of Barbie, while Liu and Ncuti Gatwa (also of “Sex Education”) play alternate Kens.
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