The first-live-action Barbie film, directed by Greta Gerwig, has been available on OTT but on rent.
For how long have you been waiting for Barbie to get out of the rental and watch it as a part of your subscription? Well, the wait is nearly over, so to speak! Barbie, the Margot Robbie-headlined Greta Gerwig film, will have its OTT premiere on December 21, 2023, exclusively on JioCinema, after being available for rent on Prime Video and BMS Stream in India.
First live-action adaptation of Mattel's iconic dolls
This film is the first live-action adaptation of Mattel's iconic fashion dolls, following a string of computer-animated features and specials. Margot Robbie plays the lead role, and Ryan Gosling plays Ken; the film chronicles their quest for meaning in the wake of an existential crisis. Among the supporting cast members are Will Ferrell, Rhea Perlman, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, and Issa Rae.
Check out the trailer below:
Star-studded cast and diverse characters
Meanwhile, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Hari Nef, Sharon Rooney, Ana Cruz Kayne, Ritu Arya, Dua Lipa, and Nicola Coughlan play different versions of Barbie in the film. Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans, and John Cena portray different versions of Ken in the film.
Interestingly, Barbie clashed at the box office with Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, and both films worked incredibly well across the globe. During Variety's recent series, Actors on Actors, Margot told Cillian Murphy about how many urged her to delay the release of Barbie.
Margot Robbie's decision to maintain release date
She told the actor, “One of your producers, Chuck Roven, called me because we worked together on some other projects. And he was like, ‘I think you guys should move your date.’ And I was like, ‘We’re not moving our date. If you’re scared to be up against us, then you move your date.’ And he’s like, ‘We’re not moving our date. I just think it’d be better for you to move.’ And I was like, ‘We’re not moving!’ I think this is a really great pairing, actually. It’s a perfect double billing, Oppenheimer and Barbie.”
Murphy called it a "great instinct" upon hearing of Margot's decision.