The 2023 film “Barbie” is banned in Saudi Arabia.
Following the long-expected release of “Barbie,” social media users claimed that Saudi Arabia banned the film from screening.
Did Saudi Arabia Ban the Barbie Film?
Misbar's team discovered that the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media, the body responsible for issuing such decisions, has not issued any statement on its official website or Twitter account suggesting a ban on the Barbie movie in Saudi Arabia.
Misbar's team also reviewed the official websites of prominent cinemas in Saudi Arabia, such as Muvi Cinema and Vox Cinema, and found that the Barbie movie is now slated to premiere on August 31, after being postponed from its initial screening dates of July 19 and 20.
Greta Gerwig, an Oscar-nominated writer and director famed for “Little Women” and “Lady Bird,” is the director of the 2023 film “Barbie.” Oscar nominees Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, known for their performances in “Bombshell,” “I, Tonya,” “La La Land,” and “Half Nelson” respectively, star as Barbie and Ken. Other cast members include America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, Ariana Greenblatt, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, and Will Ferrell. Also gracing the screen are Ana Cruz Kayne, Emma Mackey, Hari Nef, Alexandra Shipp, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans, Jamie Demetriou, Connor Swindells, Sharon Rooney, Nicola Coughlan, Ritu Arya, the Grammy-winning musician Dua Lipa, and Oscar recipient Helen Mirren.
“Barbie” was directed by Gerwig, with the screenplay being a collaboration between her and Oscar-nominated Noah Baumbach, inspired by Mattel's Barbie. The film was produced by Oscar-nominated David Heyman, Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Robbie Brenner. Executive producers include Michael Sharp, Josey McNamara, Ynon Kreiz, Courtenay Valenti, Toby Emmerich, and Cate Adams.
Working behind the scenes were Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, six-time Oscar-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood, editor Nick Houy, Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran, visual effects supervisor Glen Pratt, music supervisor George Drakoulias, and Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat.
“Barbie” is presented by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Heyday Films, LuckyChap Entertainment, and Mattel. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film globally. It is has hit theaters across the United States exclusively on July 21, 2023, with international screenings beginning on July 19, 2023.