LGBTQ+ Actors Shines: Making Their Mark In "Barbie" Movie

Barbie movie poster.

Do you remember the joy of playing with a Barbie doll? Those moments of imaginative play, where dreams knew no bounds, are about to burst into life with newfound brilliance on the big screen! 

Director Greta Gerwig, the visionary behind acclaimed films like "Lady Bird" and "Little Women," takes the reins of "Barbie" with her directorial prowess, while the charismatic Margot Robbie graces the lead role, breathing a fresh wave of creativity into Mattel's beloved doll.

Beyond the captivating direction by Gerwig and the enchanting Margot Robbie in the lead, "Barbie" boasts an extraordinary ensemble of stars led by Ryan Gosling. But what truly sets this cast apart is its commitment to inclusivity, as it features a host of exceptionally talented LGBTQ+ actors, including Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Hari Nef, and Scott Evans. Together, they promise to take the film to unparalleled heights, delving into profound themes of identity and diversity that soar above and beyond the confines of traditional children's entertainment.

Intrigued? Keep reading to dive deeper into "Barbie," the movie. 

Unveiling The Enigmatic World Of "Barbie"

Amidst an era of reinvention and re-imagining, the enigmatic film "Barbie" is stealthily preparing to challenge conventions and rewrite the narrative. Cloaked in secrecy, the original screenplay, where Barbie faced exile from her picture-perfect world for defying societal norms, has undergone a profound transformation, leaving the plot shrouded in mystery. All we know is that this cinematic venture is designed to surprise and provoke profound contemplation.

Embracing an air of anticipation, actress America Ferrera, an integral part of the cast, recently remarked, "People don't know what to expect, and I think that's the right vibe."

Intriguingly, actor Will Ferrell, also a vital member of the cast, drops a tantalizing hint that "Barbie" embarks on a bold journey of satire, fearlessly tackling patriarchy and the portrayal of women, all the while reverently honoring the iconic Barbie brand.

Addressing themes as enigmatic and diverse as existential crisis, self-discovery, and mortality, the movie promises to transcend expectations, elevating itself beyond a mere children's film, making the anticipation all the more tantalizing. 

Beyond Barbie: Delving Into Ken's Captivating Tale

"Barbie" will also venture beyond the iconic blonde doll and delves into the overlooked history of Ken, portrayed brilliantly by actor Ryan Gosling. Gosling playfully quipped that despite Ken being a part of Barbie's world, he has often been a character in the shadows, making his tale all the more captivating and essential to share.

Celebrating Inner Beauty: A Vision Of Diversity And Inclusivity

Director Greta Gerwig

Guided by director Greta Gerwig, the film embodies diversity and inclusivity throughout its casting process. With a profound commitment to portraying the essence of inner beauty, the movie promises to leave a lasting impact, transcending the traditional beauty standards and delving into humanity's rich tapestry.

"We were able to cast people of different shapes, sizes, and abilities so that they all could participate in this dance - all under the message of: You don't need to be blonde, white, or X, Y, Z to embody what it means to be a Barbie or a Ken," Simu Liu, one of the actors in the movie, told Vanity Fair.

Meet The Diverse Cast

Embracing the spirit of diversity and inclusivity, it is imperative to celebrate that the film stands as a true tour de force in casting. With a brilliant ensemble of talent that reflects a kaleidoscope of backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Each actor brings their unique flair to the screen, breathing life into characters with depth and authenticity. 

Barbie And Ken

The year 2019 sent ripples of excitement through the entertainment world when news broke of the captivating Margot Robbie stepping into Barbie's iconic high heels. The mere thought of Robbie embodying the timeless doll sparked a palpable buzz, leaving fans eager for what was to come. In 2021 the excitement soared to new heights with the electrifying revelation that the dashing Ryan Gosling would grace the screen as the ever-impeccable Ken. 

A Gallery Of Remarkable LGBTQ+ Actors

Complementing Ryan Gosling's charismatic portrayal as Ken, a gallery of talented individuals will grace the screen. Each will lend their unique brilliance to this timeless character. Embracing diversity with open arms, this captivating list includes remarkable LGBTQ+ actors.

Actors Bringing Ken To Life

Gay actor Scott Evans

In the film, Ryan Gosling will be accompanied by a list of actors who will bring their own interpretation of the charismatic Ken, namely:

  • Kingsley Ben-Adir
  • Gay actor Scott Evans
  • Simu Liu
  • and Ncuti Gatwa

Actresses Portraying Iconic Barbie Roles

Lesbian actress Kate McKinnon, out actress Alexandra Shipp, and trans actress Hari Nef

Prepare to be astounded by the equally impressive list of actresses chosen to portray the iconic roles of Barbie.

  • Lesbian actress Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) will play Weird Barbie
  • Emma Mackey (Sex Education) will play Physicist Barbie
  • Out actress Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) will play Writer Barbie
  • Sharon Rooney (Dumbo) will play Lawyer Barbie
  • Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton) will play Diplomat Barbie
  • Anna Cruz Kayne (Little Women) will play Judge Barbie
  • Ritu Arya (The Umbrella Academy) will play Journalist Barbie
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) will play President Barbie
  • Singer/songwriter Dua Lipa will play Mermaid Barbie
  • Transgender actress Hari Nef (Assassination Nation) will play Barbie Doctor

Vibrant Human Characters Complementing The Cast

Will Ferrell, Connor Swindells, and Jamie Demetriou

And that's not all! The world of humans is also filled with remarkable actors set to bring their brilliance to the screen. Will Ferrell plays a Mattel toy company CEO while, within this bustling hive, Connor Swindells (Sex Education) portrays an ambitious intern, and Jamie Demetriou (The Afterparty) is one of the company's employees.

America Ferrera and Ariana Greenblatt

America Ferrera and Ariana Greenblatt complement the cast with their vibrant portrayals of human characters, as do Marisa Abela (Industry) and Rhea Perlman (Cheers), whose character details are yet to be revealed.

Adding an extra layer of elegance and depth to Barbie's story is Oscar-winner Helen Mirren's ubiquitous voice.

Watch The Official Trailer

May 25, 2023, marked an eagerly awaited moment as Warner Bros. unveiled the mesmerizing trailer for "Barbie." This captivating preview follows Barbie and Ken on an exhilarating quest into the real world, offering a glimpse of a film that transcends boundaries, captivating not only Barbie enthusiasts but also those who are yet to be familiar with her charm. So, without hesitation, enjoy the trailer; it just might hold delightful surprises in store for you. 

A Vibrant Soundtrack: A Feast For The Senses

As vibrant and dynamic as the iconic doll herself, the film soundtrack is sure to be a musical feast for the senses. 

Dua Lipa's Catchy New Song

While the timeless "Barbie Girl" by Aqua may be absent, fans rejoiced at the news of Dua Lipa, who stars in the film, recording a catchy original song titled "Dance the Night." This fun pop anthem adds an exciting touch to the soundtrack list. 

Renowned Artists Contribute To The Album

Lizzo, Haim, and Nicki Minaj

Renowned artists like Lizzo, Ice Spice, Haim, and Nicki Minaj contributed to the album too, creating a diverse and electrifying tracklist.

Even Ryan Gosling, listed as an artist, joins the musical adventure with his song "I'm Just Ken."

The soundtrack is also filled with musical gems, including:

  • "WATATI" by Karol G
  • "Angel" by PinkPanthress
  • "Speed Drive" by Charli XCX
  • and "Barbie Dreams" by Fifty Fifty

Contributions from Ava Max, Dominic Fike, GAYLE, HAIM, Kali, Khalid, Lizzo, Tame Impala, and The Kid Laroi further enrich the album.

Exclusive Song By Billie Eilish

Adding the perfect finishing touch, the film boasts an exclusive song crafted by Billie Eilish. 

Reimagining "Barbie Girl" With Nicki Minaj And Ice Spice

And for those who feared the absence of "Barbie Girl" would leave a void, know that the creative team ingeniously invited Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice to reimagine this classic under the title "Barbie World" in collaboration with Aqua.

With such a rich tapestry of talent and musical diversity, the "Barbie" album promises an auditory journey as magical as the cinematic experience it accompanies. Music enthusiasts and film lovers alike can eagerly anticipate this soundtrack that is destined to be an unforgettable part of the "Barbie" film's enchanting legacy.

Release Date & Where To Watch

Release Date In Theaters

Mark your calendars for July 21, 2023 - Barbie's long-awaited debut in theaters. Yet, it's crucial to know that the film won't be accessible in all regions. Due to the controversy surrounding the inclusion of a map featuring the "Nine-Dash Line" - a disputed maritime zone claimed by both China and Vietnam - "Barbie" has recently faced a ban in Vietnam.

Upcoming Streaming Release

Initially, the film will only grace the big screen. After this cinematic window, "Barbie" will find its way to Warner Bros' streaming service, Max.

A Potential Sequel: Discussions About "Barbie 2"

Margot Robbie, the film's star, confirmed that discussions are in progress, but emphasized that nothing is yet etched in stone. 

"It could go in a million different directions from this point," she said. "But I think you kind of trap yourself if you try to set up a first movie while also planning for sequels."

Our curiosity is now piqued to witness the possibility of a "Barbie 2" and the uncharted paths this potential franchise may tread. One thing is certain: the possibilities are as varied and vibrant as Barbie's ever-expanding universe itself.  

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