Simu Liu Teases Barbie Movie's Deep, Important Message
Simu Liu teased the deeper, more important message of the Barbie film, saying that finding one's "inner beauty" is a big part of it.
Simu Liu is teasing a deeper, more important message from Greta Gerwig's upcoming Barbie movie. Based on Mattel's iconic fashion doll brand, Barbie quickly became one of the most high-profile items of the new year and a much-anticipated release. The film is set to be released on July 21, 2023, and in addition to starring Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Nkuti Ghat Not much is known about the film, aside from the large ensemble cast highlighted by Watts, Alexandra Shipp, Issa Rae, and Liu.
Viewers see some of the film's cast in the Barbie trailer and get a sense of the film's tone, but Liu shares that there is much more. Vanity Fair reported that the actor revealed that Gerwig was "very serious" about the actors in the film, and joked that he saw motley crowds during certain dance sequences in the film. One of its main messages, he adds, is that anyone can "embody what it means to be a Barbie or a Ken." Read Liu's comments on the deeper ideas raised in Barbie: Kens. While Robbie and Gosling will appear as main versions of the character, Liu, Gatwa, and Rae are reportedly playing variants, along with Kingsley Ben-Adir and Hari Nef. Having different actors playing Barbie and Ken is another example of the variety audiences can expect to see. Liu spoke highly of his time on set, sharing what it was like working with the film's cast and crew, and previously revealed how much fun the experience was, like spending time with friends.
"I remember very clearly about some of our big intricate dance sequences. Greta was very, very conscientious about who she cast. We were able to cast people of different shapes, sizes, differently abled, to all participate in this dance—all under this message of: You don’t have to be blonde, white, or X, Y, Z in order to embody what it means to be a Barbie or a Ken... It’s really about finding your inner beauty and owning that part of yourself and being the best possible version of you."
How Barbie Could Exceed Expectations
Robbie, who also produced the film, talks about how it will be different from any preconceived notions, and because so little is known, there are many possible scenarios for Barbie to explore. Gerwig found success with Lady Bird and Little Women, both nominated for Academy Awards, while Barbie, co-written with Noah Baumbach, left audiences with high expectations for their story. In terms of box office forecasts, since the film's release coincides with Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, discussions have been swirling around who's more successful.
Backed by a large and growing fan base, Barbie has received a lot of attention and has been Once the trailer was released, anticipation continued unabated. It will be interesting to see how the film meets or defies current expectations, and what audiences take away from its message. It's easy to imagine what a monumental undertaking this project was, but all the comments from Liu and the rest of the cast suggest it's worth the hype. More details about the Barbie doll are sure to be revealed as the launch gets closer.
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