Barbie, starring Margot Robbie, appears to have found its Ken. Ryan Gosling is reportedly in final discussions to play the iconic Mattel character in Warner Bros.’ film based on the popular doll line, according to Deadline. Greta Gerwig is directing the film, which stars Robbie in the lead role.
Because of his hectic schedule, Gosling first turned down the role, but while pre-production dragged on and the studio remained adamant that he was their sole choice, an opening in his calendar opened, allowing him to sign on.
With Gosling on the edge of signing on, the project appears to be on the verge of getting the green light, with production set to begin in early 2022. Gerwig and Noah Baumbach collaborated on the script.
The plot is currently unknown, but given Gerwig’s track record as a director, one may expect this to be a unique take on the doll’s story.
Robbie is producing the film with Tom Ackerley of LuckyChap Entertainment, Robbie Brenner of Mattel, and David Heyman of Mattel under her LuckyChap Entertainment company. Josey McNamara of LuckyChap and Ynon Kreiz of Mattel are executive producers.
In terms of Gosling, the character could be some of the most well-cast in recent years, which is sure to excite fans even more about what to expect from the film. The Oscar nominee just concluded filming on The Gray Man, a Netflix action film in which he co-stars with Chris Evans and is directed by the Russo Brothers.
CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern represent Gosling. CAA, Management 360, and attorney Jeff Bernstein represent LuckyChap.