Warner Bros. Pictures’ Barbie — the top box office movie of the year — will make its streaming debut on Max on Dec. 15 at midnight PT/3 a.m. ET.
The film, which has earned more than $1.44 billion at the global box office, is the highest-grossing global release in the studio’s 100-year history.
Warner Bros. and Max have announced Barbie with ASL, the blockbuster film interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL), will be also available to stream on Max on Dec. 15. Grounded in research and feedback from the Deaf community, as well as counsel from community leaders, Barbie with ASL was produced for Max featuring ASL performer Leila Hanaumi (Deaf Austin Theatre’s “The Laramie Project,” ASL cover for Tove Lo in “True Romance” music video). Barbie with ASL will be displayed as a unique title in-app and can be identified by its key art with the sign language symbol.
To celebrate Barbie with ASL coming to the platform, Max will host a special community screening on Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, where Barbie star and Oscar-nominee Margot Robbie (Bombshell, I, Tonya) will join Leila Hanaumi on stage for a post-screening conversation for hundreds of community members and Barbie fans. The event will be in collaboration with the Tony Award-winning Los Angeles nonprofit Deaf West Theatre and RespectAbility, whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.
“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,” Casey Bloys chairman and CEO, HBO and Max Content, said in a statement. “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.”
From Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Lady Bird), Barbie stars Oscar-nominees Robbie (Bombshell, I, Tonya) and Ryan Gosling (La La Land, Half Nelson) as Barbie and Ken. The film follows the iconic Mattel doll as she experiences an existential crisis.
The film also stars America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman and Will Ferrell.