Life in plastic may be fantastic, but for Greta Gerwig it’s also terrifying. The director recently spoke about her fear of taking on the next Barbie film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
“It was terrifying,” Gerwig said recently on Dua Lipa’s “At Your Service” podcast, according to Term. “There’s something about starting from that place where it’s like ‘well, anything is possible.’ I felt like a vertigo starting to write it. Like, where do you start? What would the story be?
Mattel, the company that owns the rights to Barbie, has been trying to make a feature film based on the popular doll since 2009. After a failed attempt to pitch a project with Universal, Mattel partnered with Sony Pictures in 2014. Since then, many names have joined the Barbie movie both in front of and behind the camera. Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway circled the title role while the project was handled by Sony. In 2019, after the project moved to Warner Bros., Margot Robbie was cast in the lead role, with Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins considered for directing roles.
Gerwig and her husband, writer-director Noah Baumbach, signed on to write the film’s script around the same time Robbie was cast. In July 2021, Gerwig ascended to the director’s chair. “That feeling that she had was knowing that it would be a really interesting horror,” she said of her decision to direct the film, which marks her third feature as a solo director. “Usually, that’s where the best stuff is. That terrifies me. Anything where you say, ‘This could end your career,’ then you say, ‘Okay, I probably should.'”
Beginning her career as an actress and writer, Gerwig made her directorial debut opposite Joe Swanberg with 2008’s Nights and Weekends. With Baumbach, Gerwig co-wrote Frances has Y lover america, in which he also starred. Her first solo directorial effort was in 2017. lady bird, a critical success that earned five Academy Award nominations, including two for Gerwig for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He received another writing nomination in 2020, this time for Best Adapted Screenplay, for his portrayal of Little womanwhich he also directed.
Narrative details for Barbie They’re still under wraps, but the movie’s proverbial dollhouse is said to inhabit multiple versions of Barbie and Ken. Ryan Gosling will play the main version of the latter, while Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa are believed to play other versions of the character. Meanwhile, Issa Rae and Hari Nef are rumored to play other versions of Barbie. Also joining the extensive cast are America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Emerald Fennell, Emma Mackey, Michael Cera and Will Ferrell as CEO of Mattel.
Barbie opens in theaters on July 21, 2023. Gerwig fans can see her back on screen in Noah Baumbach’s White noise opposite Adam Driver, which is available in select theaters and hits Netflix December 30.