(SPOT.ph) If you frequent any social media app, odds are you’ve probably come across an ad for the Netflix series Sex Education and initially thought, “oh cool, Netflix got Margot Robbie for this!” Or worse, you’re a tried-and-true fan of the series and you fell for those fake ads for the third season that claimed Robbie was coming in as Maeve Wiley’s (Emma Mackey) older sister. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even Robbie herself has said that a lot of fans have told her that they “loved her on Sex Ed.”
Given the high-profile nature of this particular case of celebrity-doppelganger between Robbie and Mackey, it’s not surprising that Hollywood finally found a way to pair the two together—but not in the way you’d expect. It’s been announced that Robbie and Mackey will appear alongside each other in the upcoming live-action Barbie film from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Margot Robbie, Emma Mackey, and Ryan Gosling Form Barbie Movie Cast
The cast of the first-ever live-action, film adaptation of the Barbie doll franchise is unsurprisingly stacked with many familiar faces. Besides Robbie portraying the titular Barbie, Ryan Gosling has been cast as her instantly recognizable love interest Ken. Joining them are comedy veterans Michael Cera, Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Rhea Perlman, Issa Rae, and Will Ferrell. Up and coming stars such as Simu Liu (Shang-Chi), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami…), and Alexandra Shipp (Tick, Tick…Boom!) also make up the cast.
Other notable stars in Barbie’s cast include Mackey’s Sex Education co-stars Ncuti Gatwa (who portrays Eric Effiong on the show) and Connor Swindells (who plays Adam Groff). Promising Young Woman director and writer Emerald Fennell is also making an appearance, hopefully with the same sass and wit that she brought to that film's screenplay. Additionally, Scott Evans, Chris Evans’ younger brother has also been cast in the film.
The film is directed and co-written by Greta Gerwig, who is coming off her Best Director and Best Picture nominations of Lady Bird in 2018 and Little Women in 2020. Co-writing the script with Gerwig is her husband Noah Baumbach, who is also coming off similar awards recognition from his film Marriage Story.
Gerwig’s two prior and only directorial features have starred Saoirse Ronan as the films’ protagonists, which has the internet wondering where and how the Oscar-nominated actress can fit into the Barbie doll movie. However, we’re here crossing our fingers they somehow get Samara Weaving and Jaime Pressly into the movie’s cast. It can be the Spider-Man: No Way Home moment for similarly looking blonde actresses, and we’d pay a lot of money to see it.
Barbie is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures some time in 2023.