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Ryan Gosling Gets the Party Started as Ken in Live-Action Barbie Still

Ryan Gosling dons a denim vest a blonde hair in the first official look at Ken as he will appear in Margot Robbie’s upcoming live-action Barbie movie.

Fans received their first glimpse at Ryan Gosling’s take on Ken in Margot Robbie’s upcoming Barbie movie.

The image, which was posted to Twitter by Warner Bros., features Gosling in a denim vest and jeans, leaning against a bright pink pillar. Sporting a shock of blonde hair, the actor’s torso and underwear, which feature the name of his character, are also exposed. Details on Ken’s character and his role in the live-action adaptation of the Barbie franchise remain scarce but fans presume he’ll play a key part in the movie’s narrative.

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Gosling was originally cast in Barbie in October 2021 and was the studio’s first choice to play Ken. The Blade Runner 2049 star originally turned down the role due to scheduled conflicts but Warner Bros. reportedly insisted that he feature in the movie. Gosling eventually boarded the production when he eventually had the time to commit to the film.

Little is currently known about Barbie beyond its cast, which is led by Robbie who is starring as the titular character. With Gosling as Ken, the film will also feature Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu as well as Will Ferrel, Issa Rae, Hari Nef and Ncuti Gatwa.

Related: No, Margot Robbie’s Barbie Movie Doesn’t Use Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’ Song

Speaking about her intention behind Barbie, Robbie, who also serves as one of the movie’s producers, explains that she wants the project to subvert audiences’ expectations. “Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, ‘Oh, Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is,’ but our goal is to be like, ‘Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different — the thing you didn’t know you wanted,'” Robbie explained.

Robbie also broke down the trouble with adapting the Barbie franchise, a line of toys that has long been criticized for promoting unrealistic body image standards for young children, especially girls. “Right, it comes with a lot of baggage!” Robbie said. “And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it. People generally hear Barbie and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t…’” Gerwig also directed Lady Bird and Little Women (2019).

Barbie parties its way into theaters on July 21, 2023.

Source: Twitter

Brad Lang is the Associate Lead News Editor at CBR. When he’s not writing about the latest rumblings in entertainment, he can be found making his way through his ever-growing collection of retro video games. He also hurts himself a little too often on his skateboard and should probably clean his records soon…

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