Warner Bros. Pictures announced the release date for the long-anticipated Greta Gerwig Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and included a picture of Robbie in character as the iconic doll in a pink convertible. The movie will be hitting theaters next summer on July 21, 2023.

Some fans of Gerwig, who is known for penning indie comedy-dramas films such as Frances Ha and her acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird, were shocked to hear that her next project as director after 2019’s Little Women would be a Barbie adaptation. Surely, however, Gerwig and her co-writer, partner, and frequent collaborator Noah Baumbach are figuring out how to work their signature style into the film.

Robbie, who is also a producer, spoke with British Vogue about the character, saying that doing it “comes with a lot of baggage and a lot of connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it.” She was tight-lipped on the film’s actual content, but teased, “People generally hear ‘Barbie,’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ And then they hear Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like ‘Oh, well maybe I don’t…”

Robbie is going to be sharing the screen with Ryan Gosling, who is playing her boyfriend Ken, and other confirmed cast members include Kate McKinnonSimu LiuAmerica FerreraIssa RaeRhea Perlman and Michael Cera.

July 21, 2023, will be a fascinating day for movie releases, apparently. Film Updates noted in a viral tweet yesterday that Barbie would be hitting screens the very same day as the upcoming Christopher Nolan film Oppenheimer, which is certainly a polar opposite of Barbie in terms of tone unless Barbie takes a hard left turn under Gerwig’s direction.

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