Everything We Know About a Sequel – Hollywood Life

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It’s Barbie’s world, and we’re just living in it. Last year has been all about Barbie, and the highly-anticipated film is already one of the biggest blockbusters ever. Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling lead Greta Gerwig’s live-action flick about the beloved doll and all her friends has already amassed over $400 million in less than a week. The movie has a razor-sharp script and is deeply feminist. Barbie also brings the laughs (and some tears) in one of the best films of the year.

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken. (Warner Bros.)

So, what does this mean for Barbie 2? Is a sequel happening? Greta is addressing her thoughts on a Barbie sequel after the film’s mega success.

Will There Be A Barbie 2?

As of right now, Barbie 2 has not gotten the green light. Warner Bros. hasn’t announced anything official ahead of Barbie’s release on July 21. Depending on the box office results, Barbie 2 could be in the works sooner than we think. Barbie made a whopping $22.3 million just in previews, so the probability of a sequel is better than ever.

Director Greta Gerwig addressed whether or not she would seek out making a sequel while being honored as one of TIME‘s Women of the Year. “If I find the undertow, then we get it. If I don’t find an undertow, there’s no more,” Greta said, per Variety. The actress and filmmaker then explained her mindset on the possibility.

“My North Star is ‘What do I deeply love? What do I really care about? Like, ‘What’s the story underneath this story?’” she explained. “And I think with Barbie, the story underneath this story was I loved Barbie. I remember going to Toys R Us and looking at Barbies and I loved their hair. And I loved everything about them and my mom was not sure about it. And I find that’s the story, that’s the generational story…I’m always trying to find those undertows.”

The Barbies of Barbie Land. (Warner Bros.)

When asked about the film’s ending and the possibility of a Barbie sequel, Greta said “anything’s possible” on the Inside Total Film podcast. “I would say today, the main thing I’m focused on is the next 15 days and then I’ll see what happens after that… I will say I loved making it so much. It was such a joyful experience. It was so wonderful. It really allowed us to go in all these different directions and I don’t think any other movie would have afforded those opportunities. I mean it was almost like I got to live out my dream of making a 1950s sound-stage musical, which I can’t imagine anything else would have been.”

Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz is hopeful about more Barbie movies. “We’re looking to create movies that become cultural events,” he told TIME. “If you can excite filmmakers like Greta and Noah [Baumbach] to embrace the opportunity and have creative freedom, you can have a real impact.”

Following Barbie’s gigantic $155 million opening weekend, Greta was asked again about Barbie 2. “At this moment, it’s all I’ve got,” she told The New York Times. “I feel like that at the end of every movie, like I’ll never have another idea and everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I did. I wouldn’t want to squash anybody else’s dream but for me, at this moment, I’m at totally zero.”

However, Mattel has big plans for Barbie. “Barbie, as a brand, has many different iterations. The product lines of Barbie is a very broad brand. In addition to the main Barbie figure, she has family, she has a lot of elements around in her universe,” Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz told Variety. “It’s a very rich universe… It’s a very broad and very elastic brand, in terms of opportunities.”

Ynon previously told TIME, “We’re looking to create movies that become cultural events. If you can excite filmmakers like Greta and Noah [Baumbach] to embrace the opportunity and have creative freedom, you can have a real impact.”

Barbie 2 Cast

A Barbie 2 wouldn’t feel right without Margot Robbie, but a sequel could revolve around any of the Barbies. Given what happens to her character by the end of the movie, it would be very interesting how she’d be incorporated into the story. Maybe Barbie would have to go back to Barbie Land for some reason, or more Barbies could come to the real world. There are countless possibilities!

Margot hasn’t ruled out Barbie 2, but she’s only thinking about the present right now. “It could go a million different directions from this point,” she told TIME. “But I think you fall into a bit of a trap if you try and set up a first movie whilst also planning for sequels.”

Ryan Gosling, who played scene-stealer Ken, admitted that he’d be game to return for a sequel. “I would work with Greta and Margot on anything,” he told ET. Let’s give Ken his redemption era! Or maybe even a love interest that feels the same about him!

The Barbenheimer mania has officially taken over the summer. Cillian Murphy, the star of Oppenheimer, was asked about playing a Ken in a potential Barbie 2 — and he didn’t say no. “Sure, yeah. Let’s read the script, let’s have a conversation,” the actor told Omelete. “I can’t wait to see [Barbie]. I can’t wait to see the movie. I think it’s great for cinema to get all these great movies happening this summer.”

How Did Barbie End?

Stereotypical Barbie makes a life-changing decision in the final act of the movie. She decides to take control of her own destiny and ending. She leaves Barbie Land behind to become human and discover her true identity. The film’s final moments show Barbie getting dropped off for her first appointment at the gynecologist’s office. She goes by the name Barbara, which is inspired by Barbie inventor Ruth Handler’s daughter.

Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie as Barbie. (Warner Bros.)

Barbie’s journey came to this conclusion after she suffered an existential crisis, causing a rip in the space-time continuum between Barbie Land and the real world. Barbie had to go to the real world and find the person playing with her in order to save herself. When Barbie and Ken entered the real world, they realized it was the total opposite of Barbie Land. They were introduced to misogyny and the patriarchy.

Barbie crossed paths with Gloria, the woman who’d been playing with her and having the same thoughts of an identity crisis. While on the run from Mattel, Barbie brought Gloria and her daughter, Sasha, to Barbie Land. Ken had gotten a headstart and brought the patriarchy back with him, upending all the progress the Barbies had achieved.

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling as Ken. (Warner Bros.)

With an incredible monologue, Gloria inspired Barbie to take back Barbie Land. Barbie, Gloria, Sasha, Weird Barbie, Allan, and more worked together to undo the brainwashing done to the other Barbies by the Kens. They turned the Kens against each other while they reclaimed control of Barbie Land.

Once Barbie Land was saved, Barbie and Ken had an honest conversation. Ken felt that he had no identity without Barbie, and she encouraged him to find his own purpose without her. After everything that happened, Barbie still felt uncertain about her own purpose in life. That’s when she met with Barbie inventor Ruth Handler. Ruth’s words helped Barbie make the decision to become human.

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