Simu Liu Teases Margot Robbie's Barbie Movie With Wild Dance Scenes
Simu Liu of Shang-Chi teases a "wild" and "very unusual" dance performance in Margot Robbie's next live-action Barbie film
Liu is most recognized for his performance as the eponymous character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first Asian-led film. Outside of the MCU, Liu has become something of an online phenomenon because to his prior work as a stock picture model, his quick wit, and perhaps too-honest social media remarks. His rising fame has opened him additional options for large productions, and Liu looks to have landed the lead role in Barbie. Apart from the first-look photograph released in April, nothing is known about his precise role in the film.
In a recent interview with GQ, Liu revealed a few specifics about Barbie, including a "very unusual" dance number. Although the film is not a musical, Liu claims that the dance scene is complex enough to require practice. Indeed, Liu claims that it was his dancing abilities that persuaded director Greta Gerwig to bring him on board the movie. He recalls sending in an audition tape and then visiting with Gerwig in person, when he revealed his collegiate engagement in a competitive hip-hop dance team. Liu said:
"Greta was talking about how much she loved watching men dance, because it’s such an expression of artistry you're not used to seeing from typical men ... [Upon discovering Liu's dance background] She audibly guffawed, she giggle-screamed — and then I got the part.”
Barbie has danced several times in her animated flicks, so a dance sequence isn't out of character for her. However, given that the live-action Barbie isn't a musical, the addition of a dance number adds to the mystery. It will be fascinating to see not just the background of the dancing number, but also who else from the cast may be engaged.
While there isn't much more known about the film, the first information concerning Barbie are rather exciting. The first-look image alone is stunning, and Liu has hinted that the Barbie storyline, written by Gerwig and Marriage Story's Noah Baumbach, is one of the greatest he's ever read. Barbie looks to have all the components for an unexpectedly fine comedy and homage to the legendary doll, with a strong supporting cast and a talented actress like Robbie taking on the lead part.