Barbie trailer pays homage to Kubrick’s 2001

Watch: First Barbie trailer, starring Margot Robbie

The first trailer for the upcoming Barbie movie pays homage to the 2001 sci-fi classic: A Space Odyssey by featuring Margot Robbie as the famous doll.

Robbie stars as Barbie alongside Ryan Gosling as Ken in the film, directed by Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig.

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The duo will be joined by a huge ensemble cast, including Simu Liu, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Will Ferrell.

Margot Robbie’s take on Barbie is revealed in the new trailer. (Warner Bros.)

Many of the actors in the set are rumored to be playing other versions of Barbie and Ken — a Mattel Multiverse, if you will.

Warner Bros. has now released the first teaser, having briefly played exclusively in cinemas ahead of screenings of Avatar: The Way of Water.

The trailer begins with a voiceover, in which children can be seen playing with dolls against a dusty, desert backdrop similar to the opening scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film.

Margot Robbie plays the title role in the first Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

Margot Robbie plays the title role in the first Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

“Since the dawn of time, since the first little girl existed, there have been dolls. But dolls have always and forever been babies, until…” says the voiceover.

Robbie then reveals himself as a gigantic Barbie doll, replacing the monolith which in 2001 triggered the monkeys to learn how to use weapons.

This causes the clip’s infants to throw away their old dolls, resulting in a parody of the famous “match cut”, with a baby replaced by the Barbie logo.

The new Barbie trailer pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey.  (Warner Bros/MGM)

The new Barbie trailer pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Warner Bros/MGM)

The trailer then shows some brief glimpses of a delightfully candy-colored Barbie world — as Aqua would no doubt put it — in which the characters wear very distinctive clothes and dance… a lot.

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Serious talk of a Barbie movie has been going on since 2009, though many attempts to move the project forward have stalled.

The project was set up at Sony in 2014, with Amy Schumer originally due to star and Anne Hathaway also attached at one point.

Ryan Gosling appears in a brief glimpse of Ken in the new Barbie trailer.  (Warner Bros.)

Ryan Gosling appears in a brief glimpse of Ken in the new Barbie trailer. (Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros picked up the film in 2018 and the current iteration has taken shape, with Robbie soon attached to play the titular doll.

Shortly after, acclaimed filmmaker Greta Gerwig was hired to write the screenplay with her husband Noah Baumbach, and she was later confirmed as director as well.

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Barbie is slated to hit theaters in summer 2023.

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