Doll Actress Declares Script the Best She's Ever Read

Star of the Barbie film franchise Emma Mackey says the script by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach is "one of the greatest" she's ever read.

Dressed all in black, Emma Mackey of Sex Education wore a scarf over her black hair, and her inquisitive expression set the tone.

Actress Emma Mackey, who plays Barbie in the film, says the script is the best one she's ever read.
In 2009, Universal began brewing ideas for a film adaptation of the iconic Mattel doll brand Barbie.
There have been rumours over the years that Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway might star as Barbie.

Nonetheless, Barbie's future was not set in stone until 2019 when the brand was transferred to Warner Bros.
It was rumoured in July of that year that Margot Robbie would play Barbie.
It was also announced that screenwriters Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach would be involved.
Finally, in 2021, it was announced that Gerwig, who had been nominated for an Oscar, would be directing the picture.
Early in 2022, Ryan Gosling was cast as Ken, completing the Barbie cast.

Since the confirmation of Robbie and Gosling as the leads, further cast members have been announced.
Mackey, star of Sex Education, has a secret part in the Barbie movie.
Mackey just spoke with Total Film (via GamesRadar) about the Barbie script, and he had nothing but praise for Gerwig and Baumbach.
She remarked, "It's pretty special," and continued, "It's one of the best scripts all of us have read."

That one of the film's actresses would sing the praises of Gerwig and Baumbach's work on the Barbie storyline is, of course, not unexpected.
After all, Gerwig has been nominated for an Academy Award for her writing twice: in 2018 for Lady Bird and again in 2020 for her adaptation of Little Women.
Both The Squid and the Whale (2006) and Marriage Story (2020) earned Baumbach writing nominations for the Academy Awards.

Having Gerwig and Baumbach receive their third Oscar nomination for creating the screenplay of a film based on a doll line would be very bizarre.
But if you take Mackey at his word, the two authors' efforts on Barbie are admirable enough to merit such high praise.
Of course, facts on the narrative of Barbie are scarce, but it has been established that the story involves numerous Barbies and Kens, suggesting that the film is not a typical attempt to mine expensive IP for the sake of humorous screenplay.
Involvement from Robbie and Gosling alone automatically raises the film's profile above that of your average popcorn flick.
When the movie is out, people will be able to see for themselves whether or not Mackey is correct in her evaluation of Barbie.