Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled Ryan Gosling’s first photo as Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie.
Ryan Gosling as Ken
Released on Wednesday, the now-viral photo shows Gosling leaning on a bright pink pillar as he flashes his charming smile to the camera. The Canadian actor is wearing an unbuttoned, sleeveless denim jacket, giving fans an ample view of his toned upper body and tanned skin. He’s also rocking a platinum blond hairdo, which makes him even more fitting for the role.
July 21, 2023
Only in theaters. pic.twitter.com/DAemOyv5H8
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) June 15, 2022
Fan reactions to Ryan Gosling’s Ken
Fans’ feedback to Gosling’s first look as Ken is generally positive. In fact, several people on Twitter were convinced that Gosling is visually perfect for the role after seeing the photo.
Ryan Gosling as Ken in #Barbie is actually perfect pic.twitter.com/bVzZomh2Hl
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 15, 2022
I never would have pictured ryan gosling as ken but you know what? He's perfectly he looks like a gay bimbo here and that's how ken should be https://t.co/NeGs0yqPSV
— shartingway (@shibakazs) June 15, 2022
I’m so happy like how do they keep making such good things. You’d think they’d run out of incredible things to make but then Greta Gerwig is like actually I’m gonna direct a Barbie movie and Ryan Gosling will be ken. Just very good https://t.co/9ofUUbbtGC
— Big Joel (@biggestjoel) June 15, 2022
I can’t believe Ryan Gosling is playing Ken in the Barbie movie, I’ll put my smooth mound up against his any day.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) June 15, 2022
Some fans, meanwhile, couldn’t help but make fun of Gosling look as Ken. A number of Twitter users commented that he looks like he’s about to drop the coolest summer album, while others pointed out the resemblance of Gosling’s Ken to professional wrestler Orange Cassidy and to Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Fred in Scooby Doo.
Why does Ryan Gosling in the Barbie movie look like a cross between Orange Cassidy and Fred from Scooby Doo may I ask pic.twitter.com/CDn4z6O167
— Leevs x ? (@HelloItsLevi) June 15, 2022
So Ryan Gosling is playing Ken as Orange Cassidy? pic.twitter.com/lvIlUbj3F0
— BRIANMICHAELSETH (@BRIANMIKESETH) June 15, 2022
Freddie Prinze Jr's Fred walked so Ryan Gosling's Ken could run pic.twitter.com/QZXzaXWx9h
— Michael (earth 838 variant) (@bashful_michael) June 15, 2022
What will the Barbie movie be about?
Plot details for the live-action Barbie movie are being kept under wraps, but since it is directed and co-written by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), fans can expect an unusual take on the story of the popular doll character. Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) co-wrote the movie with Gerwig.
Who will star in the Barbie movie?
In addition to Gosling playing Ken, the Barbie movie will also star Margot Robbie as the titular character. Joining the pair are America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Ariana Greenblatt, Alexandra Shipp, and Emma Mackey, among many others.
When will the Barbie movie come out?
The Barbie movie will open in theaters on July 21st, 2023.