The rumor that multiple actors will be playing Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie has potentially been confirmed by a wholly unexpected source. The Barbie live-action film, which is due July 21, 2023, stars Margot Robbie as the titular Mattel doll. The comedy is currently in production, helmed by three-time Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig, whose previous projects include Lady Bird and Little Women. Gerwig co-wrote the script with indie darling Noah Baumbach, and it is being brought to life by a star-studded cast that includes America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Ariana Greenblatt, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Michael Cera, Rhea Perlman, Emerald Fennell, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, and Will Ferrell as potentially the movie's villain.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Although Ryan Gosling is set to star opposite Robbie as Barbie's partner Ken, there have long been rumors swirling that the film will feature other versions of Ken and Barbie, mimicking the original toy line. The cast members who are rumored to be part of this include Shang-Chi star Simu Liu and Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa as Kens, alongside Insecure's Issa Rae and Transparent's Hari Nef as Barbies. It is currently unclear whether these other Barbies and Kens would be included in the film as a recurring gag or form a more major part of the film's overall storyline.
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The latest confirmation of this rumor has come from the most unexpected source yet. While chatting with BBC on The One Show, returning Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies was asked about speculation that Gosling would be appearing on the classic sci-fi series after he was spotted wearing a shirt featuring the face of Gatwa, who will be playing the Doctor on the upcoming season. He debunks the rumor, saying that this photo happened because Gosling and Gatwa are working on the Barbie movie together, letting it slip that "they’re both playing Ken, I think." Read his full quote below:
If Ryan Gosling’s in Doctor Who, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be in Cardiff with my good mate Ryan, having a drink. He’s shooting a film with Ncuti Gatwa, they’re shooting the Barbie movie together… They’re both playing Ken, I think… Lots of Kens.
While Davies certainly seems like an unusual source for Barbie news, he might actually be the perfect one. Because Gatwa is the new star of Doctor Who, which is one of the UK's most popular shows, he must be working closely with his managers to schedule the amount of time required for an entire season of television. This requires knowledge of exactly how much time Gatwa will be spending on set for production and reshoots, so he likely has plenty of information about the actor's role and how essential it is to the production.
While most details of Barbie remain firmly under wraps, more and more information is leaking as production continues. Every step of the way, the film seems to get increasingly intriguing. Hopefully, the storyline with multiple Kens and Barbies is robust and delivers on the exciting rumors about the project.