Ryan Gosling to Star in “Barbie” Alongside Margot Robbie

Ryan Gosling at the
Ryan Gosling at the "First Man" premiere during the 66th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in 2018. Photo by Shutterstock (9893860u)

Margot Robbie is gearing up to play our favorite childhood doll in the upcoming Barbie movie, and she’ll be in pretty good company. Ryan Gosling has been cast as her love interest, Ken.

According to Deadline, Gosling initially turned down the role due to his busy schedule, but he changed his tune after pre-production dragged out. Warner Bros. insisted that he’s their only choice for the role, and the Oscar-nominated actor agreed to sign on after his schedule cleared up.

Barbie has been in development since 2018 when Margot Robbie was first attached to the project as a potential lead. After closing the deal with the Suicide Squad star, Mattel started looking for a potential director and found a perfect partner in crime in Greta Gerwig. She’s also set to write a script for this project alongside Noah Baumbach.

We haven’t seen Gosling take on any lead roles since he portrayed Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s biopic First Man back in 2018. He’s set to make a comeback in the action thriller The Gray Man by the Russo brothers, in addition to being attached to the remake of horror classic Wolfman and crime drama The Actor.