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‘Barbie’ movie: Margot, Ryan and filming those L.A. scenes

Oh. Em Gee. The Barbie movie won’t be out until next summer, but people are already freaking out while the Warner Bros. feature – starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken – is filmed in Venice Beach.

The stunning plastic couple were spotted skating in matching Day Glo outfits on Monday as the cameras rolled. The Venice Beach Bike Path has never looked so good.

Barbie isn’t expected to hit theaters until July 2023, but excitement is already building.

Here’s what we know so far about the live-action film adaptation of the iconic doll that Mattel debuted in 1959.

Barbie and Ken wear bright colors

This one’s a no duh: The first glimpse of Barbie came at CinemaCon 2022 in April — yes, the conference where Olivia Wilde was served custody papers in front of a live audience.

A blonde woman in a blue outfit driving a pink convertible

Margot Robbie as Barbie in Barbie.

(Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.)

This preview showed Robbie in a coordinated blue spring outfit with matching headband, peeking out of a familiar pink convertible against a pink background.

The couple’s beach skating outfits, meanwhile, are seen above in all their neon glory. Pink, purple, red, green – and where do you get that chic fanny pack that Gosling is wearing? Could be anywhere, come next summer.

The director co-wrote the (apparently great) screenplay

Director Greta Gerwig teamed up with filmmaker and life partner Noah Baumbach on the script, and the strength of the script seems to have lured Simu Liu into auditioning.

“[A junior agent] said, ‘If I could bank my career on one script, it would be on the ‘Barbie’ script. I really think you should,'” the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star told GQ UK in May.

Gerwig and Baumbach have been a couple since 2011 and welcomed a son, Harold, in 2019. The plot of the film remains under wraps. Grr.

They weren’t the first to shoot. Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody was hired during the Sony phase of Barbie in 2015, but it didn’t work out.

“Dude, I’ve never done a first draft. I failed so badly on this project,” Cody told ScreenCrush years later. “I was literally unable to write a Barbie screenplay. Lord knows I tried.”

The costume designer is an Oscar winner

Gerwig has reunited with her “Little Women” costume designer Jacqueline Durran for the guaranteed-viral outfits that are populating “Barbie,” Variety reported Tuesday.

A blond male with a six pack abs wearing a denim vest and jeans pants leaning against a pink pillar

Ryan Gosling as Ken in the movie Barbie.

(Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.)

Durran is a two-time Academy Award winner for the period costumes of 2005’s Little Women and Pride & Prejudice. She has also been recognized for her costume design on Cyrano, Beauty and the Beast, Darkest Hour, “Mr. Turner”, “Anna Karenina” and “Atonement”. More recently, she costumed the likes of Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz in The Batman (2022).

So, is Gosling’s above outfit considered a “contemporary” costume? Maybe we’ll come back to that.

Barbie was in pre-production forever

Sony Pictures wasn’t the first company to option the film when it moved the property into pre-production in 2014. The producers went through a number of director and lead actor options, none of which stuck.

For a time, Sony wanted Amy Schumer to play Barbie, but she dropped out in 2017, citing “scheduling conflicts.” Rumor has it that Anne Hathaway is interested in the role. Eventually, Sony’s option expired; Mattel then partnered with Warner Bros. in 2019 and decided Robbie would play the live-action version of the iconic doll.

The rest of the cast is, well, a lot

Alongside Robbie, Gosling and Liu are Ritu Arya (“The Umbrella Academy”), Emma Mackey (“Sex Education”), Will Ferrell (“Anchorman”), Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton”), America Ferrera (“Superstore”), Michael Cera (Arrested Development), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Rhea Perlman (Cheers), according to IMDb.

Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Hari Nef (“Transparent”) also join the cast, along with New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan hear gossip at the Cannes Film Festival in May that the two will play different versions of Barbie, while Liu and Ncuti Gatwa (also from Sex Education) play alternate kens.

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Sarah Ridley

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