Simu Liu has joined the cast of the movie ‘Barbie’.
The ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ actor is the latest big name to sign up for the highly anticipated live-action film – which stars Margot Robbie in the lead role and Ryan Gosling in the lead role. Ken’s role – but according to The Hollywood Reporter, details of his role in the project are being kept under wraps at this time.
News of Simu’s casting comes days after it was revealed. America Ferreira has also signed on for a role in the film, but details of the ‘Superstore’ actress’ character are also being kept under wraps.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach wrote the script for the Warner Bros. film, with the first to be made.
Margot will produce the film through her production company LuckyChap alongside her husband, LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley.
Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner and Paddington’s David Heyman will also produce.
Ryan had previously been offered the role over the summer, but turned it down due to a scheduling conflict.
However, due to a delay in filming, he was able to play the role.
Margot previously promised to give audiences “something totally different” from what they would expect from the famous doll.
She said: “Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of ’Oh Margot is playing Barbie, I know what it is,’ but our goal is to say” Whatever you think, we’re going to give you something totally different – the thing you didn’t know you wanted.'”
Margot’s producing partner, Josey McNamara, added that the acclaimed duo will help change viewers’ expectations of the project.
He explained, “Like Margot said, you think you know what the movie is about with Margot as Barbie, but Greta and Noah flipped it, and we can’t wait to get into that one.”
The film centers on Barbie’s eviction from Barbie Land for failing to live up to the expectations of its inhabitants and Robbie hopes it puts “positivity in the world”.
She previously said, “I think this is a great opportunity to put some positivity into the world and a change to be ambitious for young kids.”