As soon as upon a time on the web, again when “hey woman” memes abounded, Ryan Gosling was identified in sure circles because the Web’s boyfriend. Now, we’re getting a primary glimpse of Gosling as America’s boyfriend—he is taking part in Ken, as within the Ken doll, the on-off paramour of Barbie, within the upcoming Greta Gerwig-directed movie Barbie.
(And for what it’s value, Gosling, talking to GQ again in 2016, attributed his boyfriendish public persona to his “Canadianness.” Okay!)
In a promo picture launched right now, Gosling-as-Ken feels just a little like a mashup of earlier characters he’s performed: the icy peroxide mane similar to Luke’s from The Place Past the Pines; the spray-tanned sleaze of Jacob in Loopy, Silly, Love; the vanity of courting a plastic lady like he did in Lars and the Actual Lady. Starring reverse Margot Robbie as Barbie, Gosling is rumored to be taking part in certainly one of a number of Kens—amongst a number of Barbies—within the movie, which additionally stars America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Emma Mackey, Issa Rae, and Michael Cera, amongst others, extra of whom are positive to be revealed within the leadup to its July 2023 launch.
And whereas the cutoff acid-wash jean vest and customized Calvin Klein-style “Ken” briefs will not be something you’ve ever seen a Ken doll put on earlier than, the vibe of Gerwig’s manufacturing means that may be the purpose. (Final yr’s Berluti collab means that Ken may need extra up his sleeve than we notice.)
“Folks typically hear ‘Barbie’ and suppose, ‘I do know what that film goes to be,’” Robbie advised Vogue final yr, “after which they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and so they’re like, ‘Oh, nicely, possibly I don’t…’”
The Barbie franchise has been by the Hollywood ringer for practically a decade now, with numerous gamers on the helm: as IndieWire famous, screenwriter Diablo Cody was set to write down and direct at one level; years later in 2016, Amy Schumer was set to star, with a brand new script by Neighborhood producer Hilary Winston. However now it is in Gerwig’s arms, and might be right here in a few yr.