It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ryan Gosling on the big screen, but he’s gearing up for a glorious comeback. One of his most exciting upcoming projects will see him play Ken to Margot Robbie’s Barbie in the upcoming movie about everyone’s favorite childhood doll.
The Barbie movie has been in development since 2018, when Robbie was first attached to the project. Mattel has kept pretty quiet about this movie for a while, but they managed to pique our interest after announcing they hired Greta Gerwig as a director. She’s also in charge of writing the script alongside her frequent creative partner Noah Baumbach.
As for Gosling, Deadline reports that he initially declined the role due to his busy schedule. As pre-production dragged out, he agreed to come back on board after Warner Bros. kept insisting he’s their one and only choice to play Ken.
Gosling hasn’t appeared in any new movies since playing Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s biopic First Man in 2018. He currently has several projects in development, and we’ll next get to see him in the action thriller The Gray Man by Anthony and Joe Russo, also starring Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, and Regé-Jean Page.