The cinematic global phenomenon, Barbie, is finally making its way to streaming later this month, but there’s going to be a special addition to this streaming release! Along with the upcoming streaming debut on Friday, Dec. 15, Warner Bros. Pictures and Max have also announced Barbie with ASL of the global smash hit.
Barbie with ASL is the hit film interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). It will also be available on Max on the same date. Both versions of the hit film will be available on the streamer starting on Friday, Dec. 15 at 12:00 am PT/3:00 am EST.
BARBIE HITS MAX ON DECEMBER 15 ALONG WITH ASL VERSION
The new ASL version of the film was created based on research and feedback from the Deaf community, along with counsel from community leaders. The Barbie with ASL version was produced specifically for Max by ASL and will feature ASL performer Leila Hanaumi). It will be available as a unique title in-app and will be identified by its key art with the sign language symbol.
Additionally, in celebration of the upcoming Barbie with ASL release, Max is going to host a special community screening on Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, California. The film’s star and Oscar-nominee, Margot Robbie, will be in attendance and joining Hanaumi on stage for a post-screening conversation with hundreds of community members and fans in attendance. The event is done in collaboration with the non-profit Deaf West Theatre, which has been a celebrated Deaf institution in the area for over 30 years, and RespectAbility, whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so those with disabilities can participate in all aspects of the community.
Speaking on today’s announcement, HBO and Max Content CEO Casey Bloys stated via a press release, “Max is the premiere destination for storytelling, so being able to share the biggest movie of the year in ASL, the first language for many, will make this story resonate in a more meaningful way.” He continued, “By offering sign language interpretation, we will build upon the film’s empowering message of inclusiveness and offer a unique viewing experience for the Deaf community to enjoy with family and friends.”
The hit film stars Robbie as the iconic Barbie of Mattel’s famous toy line, along with Ryan Gosling as Ken. It was co-written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The film has also been nominated for 11 Grammy awards in seven categories. Barbie defied all expectations with its performance, grossing $636 million domestically and $1.441 billion worldwide, making it the biggest film release of 2023.
Release date July 21, 2023
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
Based on Barbie by Mattel
Produced by Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Robbie Brenner, David Heyman
Cast Margot Robbie, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Micahel Cera, Will Ferrell, and Ryan Gosling
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros. Discovery
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