First look at star-studded cast of highly-anticipated Barbie movie

It appears Warner Bros Pictures is planning to tell a different kind of Barbie story.

Moviegoers have been given a first look at the full cast of Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

A trailer for the upcoming live-action film dropped on Tuesday, alongside a series of posters confirming the star-studded cast and their roles.

The film, by Oscar-nominated actor and director Greta Gerwig, will see Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa take on the role of guitar-playing Ken and Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan as a diplomat Barbie.

Other characters include Ana Cruz Kayne as a Supreme Court Justice Barbie, The Crown’s Emerald Fennell as Midge, Barbie’s best friend, and Scott Evans as a cowboy hat-wearing Ken.

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Michael Cera will appear as Ken’s friend Allan, Issa Rae will play president Barbie and Sex Education star Emma Mackey will portray a Barbie with a Nobel Prize in physics.

Human characters will be played by Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera, Elf actor Will Ferrell, Stath Lets Flats star Jamie Demetriou and Sex Education’s Connor Swindells.

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Dame Helen Mirren is taking on the role of voice narrator, alongside Dua Lipa as a mermaid Barbie – she also performed on some of the songs recorded for the film.

For fans who want to take a step into Barbie Land and see themselves in the poster, an official Barbie Selfie Generator has been made available.

Barbie is set for release on July 21 and a trailer released in December opened with a comical parody of classic science-fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The new trailer, released on Tuesday, opens on the beach in stunningly-pink Barbie Land as Robbie, dressed in a pink gingham dress and matching hat, greets her fellow Barbies and Kens.

The Beach Boys’ song Fun, Fun, Fun sets the tone as the dolls throw vibrant parties – and while the Ken dolls get into a heated argument where they threaten to “beach” each other.

La La Land actor Gosling, the lead Ken, is heard asking Robbie’s lead Barbie: “I thought I might stay over tonight.”

She replies with a smile asking “Why?” to which he says “Because we’re boyfriend and girlfriend” – before Barbie asks “To do what?”

Responding after a brief period of silence, Ken admits: “I’m actually not sure.”

It seems Warner Bros Pictures is planning to tell a different kind of Barbie story, as the video says: “To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place.

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“Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.”

Gerwig co-wrote the script with her husband, the filmmaker director Noah Baumbach, who directed 2005’s The Squid And The Whale and 2019’s Marriage Story.

The film is a joint project between Warner Bros and Barbie manufacturer Mattel.

Barbie The Movie is due to be released in cinemas on July 21.

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