First Look at Ryan Gosling as Ken in Margot Robbie’s Barbie Movie

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We have our first photo of Ryan Gosling as Ken in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie – and he’s had quite the transformation.

The image, shared on the official Warner Bros. Twitter counts on June 15, Gosling reveals with a new bleached-blonde hairstyle, double-denim ensemble, and an impressive amount of fake tan. Frankly, he looks like he’s ready to walk into the Love Island villa any minute.

Gosling, who will join Margot Robbie as the famous plastic couple, is part of the all-star cast of Barbie.

Will Ferrell will join as CEO of a toy company, while Sex Education’s Emma Mackey, America Ferrera, Michael Cera and Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon will also star in the film.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Gosling and Robbie won’t be the only Barbie and Ken either. Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa will play other Ken’s and Hari Nef and Issa Rae will play other Barbies.

The film will be directed by Oscar-nominated Gerwig, and the screenplay was written by Marriage Story filmmaker and real-life partner of Gerwig, Noah Baumbach.

One part of Barbie pop culture that won’t appear in the movie is Aqua’s famous “Barbie Girl” song. The iconic anthem, which immortalized Barbie beyond being a children’s toy, was omitted from the film.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Ulrich Møller-Jørgensen, manager of Aqua singer Lene Nystrøm, confirmed the news to Variety saying, “The song will not be used in the film.”

Despite the track’s fame, Mattel was not well received, with the brand fearing the provocative lyrics would damage Barbie’s image, once even going so far as to take legal action against the Danish band.

Barbie will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023.

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