At the time upon a time on the net, back when “hey girl” memes abounded, Ryan Gosling was recognised in selected circles as the Internet’s boyfriend. Now, we’re receiving a to start with glimpse of Gosling as America’s boyfriend—he’s playing Ken, as in the Ken doll, the on-off paramour of Barbie, in the future Greta Gerwig-directed film Barbie.
(And for what it’s well worth, Gosling, speaking to GQ again in 2016, attributed his boyfriendish general public persona to his “Canadianness.” All right!)
In a promo picture released now, Gosling-as-Ken feels a minor like a mashup of earlier figures he’s performed: the icy peroxide mane just like Luke’s from The Place Further than the Pines the spray-tanned sleaze of Jacob in Mad, Stupid, Like the conceit of dating a plastic female like he did in Lars and the Actual Female. Starring opposite Margot Robbie as Barbie, Gosling is rumored to be actively playing one particular of various Kens—among various Barbies—in the movie, which also stars The usa Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Emma Mackey, Issa Rae, and Michael Cera, amongst others, additional of whom are sure to be disclosed in the leadup to its July 2023 release.
And although the cutoff acid-clean jean vest and custom Calvin Klein-design “Ken” briefs could not be anything you’ve at any time observed a Ken doll have on prior to, the vibe of Gerwig’s generation indicates that could be the place. (Previous year’s Berluti collab indicates that Ken may have far more up his sleeve than we notice.)
“People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and consider, ‘I know what that motion picture is going to be,’” Robbie explained to Vogue previous calendar year, “and then they listen to that Greta Gerwig is creating and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, nicely, perhaps I really don’t…’”
The Barbie franchise has been by means of the Hollywood ringer for just about a ten years now, with several players at the helm: as IndieWire observed, screenwriter Diablo Cody was set to generate and immediate at one particular position many years afterwards in 2016, Amy Schumer was established to star, with a new script by Neighborhood producer Hilary Winston. But now it’s in Gerwig’s palms, and will be here in about a 12 months.