Ryan Gosling joins Margot Robbie in the upcoming Barbie movie, it was revealed: more on that here.
Consider our interest piqued once again with the announcement that Ryan Gosling is in final negotiations to play Ken opposite Margot Robbie in the planned big screen adaptation of Barbie. There is certainly something subversive at play here, with Robbie – who produces the film under his LuckyChap Entertainment banner – in the past talking about how the film won’t be what audiences expect.
Gosling was said to have initially passed on the role originally due to scheduling conflicts, before finding himself able to accept it when circumstances changed. The actor recently wrapped filming on the big budget thriller The gray man opposite Chris Evans, and he will also take on the title role in The werewolf in Leigh Whannell’s follow-up The invisible Man.
As for Barbie, the movie has the rather exciting creative team of Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach behind the script, and what’s more, Gerwig directs it, following her excellent adaptation of Little woman.
Robbie has promised it won’t be what many expect. She said that “something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately get a feel for” oh, Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is “, but our goal is to be like “whatever you think we’re going to give you something totally different – the thing you didn’t know you wanted.
In deciding to take on the project, Robbie was also adamant that the film would challenge stereotypes, as Mattel’s iconic toy the film is based on has been accused for many years to the contrary. As she argues, “Can we really honor intellectual property and the fan base and surprise people too?” Because if we can do all of that and spark a thoughtful conversation, then we’re really shooting all the cylinders. “
We are certainly interested, although when we can expect this in front of our peepers, we don’t yet know. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear more.
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