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Margot Robbie wasn’t initially first choice for ‘Barbie’

Both Robbie and director Greta Gerwig had another name in mind first

By Will Richards


Margot Robbie has revealed that she wasn’t the first choice actor to play the leading role in Barbie.

Robbie stars alongside Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s huge 2023 blockbuster, but the Australian actor – who is also a producer on the film – said she and Gerwig were both originally looking at another lead.

Speaking to Vogue, Robbie revealed that it was Gal Gadot who was first in line for the role. She said: “Gal Gadot is Barbie energy.

“Because Gal Gadot is so impossibly beautiful, but you don’t hate her for being that beautiful because she’s so genuinely sincere, and she’s so enthusiastically kind, that it’s almost dorky. It’s like right before being a dork.”

Asked about the potential casting by Flaunt magazine, Gadot said: “I adore Margot. Margot is one of those women who you just want to be friends with. She is so funny, warm, fun and smart and obviously so talented. She brings so much to the table.

“I would love to do anything with Margot and was very touched [by her comments]. She warmed my heart with everything that she said about me. I’m super excited for them, and I’m so excited for Barbie.”

Margot Robbie as Barbie

Elsewhere, Francis Ford Coppola has said that he thinks that the world is on “the verge of a Golden Age of cinema” due to the success of Barbenheimer, the internet phenomenon of the two big name, standalone movies Barbie and Oppenheimer opening on the same weekend.

The huge box office success of both films has suggested that audiences are still hungry to catch blockbusters in cinemas. Barbie took $162 million (£126 million) on the opening weekend (starting 21 July) while Oppenheimer took $82.4 million (£63.8 million).

Barbie has now reached over $1billion at the global box office.