Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu and Others Officially Join the Barbie Squad

by Carmella D'Acquisto

A scorching hot new Barbie teaser was just released and it turns out there’s a lot more characters in Barbie World than just Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

Actresses Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Emma Mackey, Dua Lipa and several others are playing the titular role, as variations of the same Barbie archetype. As we step into Barbie Land, we see the whole cast of Barbies and Kens, all hanging out on the pink-sand beach.

Issa Rae’s Barbie character is President, Hari Nef’s Barbie is a doctor, Emma Mackey’s Barbie is a Nobel Prize winning physicist and Kate McKinnon is that one hot mess of a Barbie that your little sister destroyed by cutting its hair and coloring all over its face. 

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There’s plenty of Kens too– Ken, another Ken, other Ken– doesn’t matter. They’re all employed, titleless, pissed and fighting for the attention of the incredible cast of Barbies. 

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As Margot Robbie’s Barbie escapes Barbie Land and makes her way to “The Real World” we see that Ryan Gosling’s Ken snuck out in the backseat of her car, joining her on her new adventure to the real world where they meet Will Ferrel, the insensitive CEO of Mattel, the company that first created Barbie. Brit icon Hellen Mirren is narrating the whole shebang.  

Just like in the first viral trailer, the set design and costuming in the latest teaser is outrageously on brand.

A lush baby-pink beach is speckled with pink umbrellas and lawn chairs. Dozens of Barbies and Kens line the beach, playing volleyball, surfing and tanning in pastel-clad swimsuits and beach outfits. We see Barbie Land’s “main street” lined with pastel buildings. The details are perfect, down to Barbie’s baby pink convertible she uses to drive to the real world.  

This trailer, like the earlier release, does not give away much information about the actual plot of the story. Because it’s written and directed by the incredible auteur Greta Gerwig, we can guess that it will be a campy, tongue-in-cheek semi-parody of the doll’s famous story, laced with some sort of poignant directive. At this point, it doesn’t even matter if we’ll get to learn more about the plot, the buzz around this film will likely ensure it will absolutely be a smash hit regardless. 

Save the date for Barbie’s nation-wide release on July 21. 

All photos are from the official Barbie move courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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